Grizzlies star Ja Morant issues 2-word statement on March Madness

Murray State v Marquette
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Before Ja Morant was the organizational cornerstone and in the running for the moniker of G.O.A.T Memphis Grizzlies player, he was a standout phenom serving as the primary point of attack for Murray State.

Putting forth a stellar collegiate career that spanned over two seasons, his final campaign suiting up for the Racers came back in 2018-19 where he led them to a 12 seed in the West Regional bracket and their first Round of 32 berth in seven years.

Recently, the Grizzlies superstar was asked what his "favorite thing about March Madness" is and, in response, payed homage to his former squad's 2019 advancments by throwing shade at the team they went on to eliminate in round one of the illustrious tournament.

Grizzlies star Ja Morant jabs at Marquette ahead of March Madness

"Beating Marquette."

Ja Morant

As was the case throughout his entire final season in college, Morant served as the leading charge in Murray State's triumphant upset win over the higher-seeded (ranked fifth in the West Regional) Golden Eagles.

Logging a whopping 39 minutes of action, the point guard went on to record a triple-double under the bright lights of round one, registering 17 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds while shooting a highly efficient 100 percent from deep and 55.5 percent from the field as a whole.

To many, it is believed that this performance right out of the gates solidified his status as a consensus top-two pick in that June's NBA Draft, placing him above rumored candidates such as RJ Barrett and Darius Garland, who wound up going third and fifth, respectively.

Five years later, it seems the Grizzlies stud still feels a sense of pride from forcing that colossal upset.