The Murray State University athletics department announced Tuesday it will retire the No. 12 worn by recent Racer great Ja Morant in a ceremony at halftime of the Racer men’s basketball game against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville set for 7 p.m.  Saturday at the CFSB Center in Murray.

The honor bestowed on Morant comes after an amazing two seasons with the Racers (2017-19). He has positioned himself as one of the top candidates for the NBA Rookie of the Year award with the Memphis Grizzlies in his rookie season.

 “From 2017-2019, we had the great privilege of coaching one of the best players in college basketball history,” said Murray State  head coach Matt McMahon. “As I’ve said many times before, Ja Morant is a once in a lifetime player who has been an incredible ambassador for Murray State University. His unique combination of explosive athleticism, intelligence, unselfishness, and relentless competitive drive enabled him to lead the Racers to back-to-back championship seasons and countless magical moments on the court. He is the ultimate winner, an elite teammate, and an absolute joy to coach. We look forward to seeing Ja Morant’s  Number 12 Murray State jersey drop from the rafters on Saturday night. He is so deserving of this special honor!”

Morant will become the 11th Racer men’s basketball player to have his number retired and the first since Isaiah Canaan in 2018.

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