Ja Morant's Sister, Niya Commits to Play Basketball at Mississippi Valley State University

Ja Morant’s Sister, Niya Commits to Play Basketball at Mississippi Valley State University

With all the controversy surrounding Memphis Grizzlies basketball player, Ja Morant, and his off-the-court issues, the family has some good news to help spread.

Last week, Niya Morant, the younger sister of Ja posted to her Instagram account that she has decided to go play for an HBCU, Mississippi Valley State. She posted several photos of herself in an MVU uniform and captioned the post, “lets go devilettes 💚❤️ #committed #mvsu #ladydevilettes


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According to HBCU Game Day, the school is a Division I school that is located in Itta Bena, Mississippi competing in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Their program definitely needs a boost as Mississippi Valley State’s record for the 2022-2023 season was a dismal 2-27. They only had one victory against a Division I program when they beat New Orleans. They had a winless record in the SWAC last season, going 0-18 in division play.

Niya is keeping the tradition of playing basketball as her father, Tee Morant played his collegiate career at Claflin University in the 1990s. Her brother, Ja went to Murray State before being drafted into the NBA in 2019.

HBCU Sports reported that Niya accepted the first offer she received. She also received an offer from Morgan State University. A 5-7 guard, she played her senior year at Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee this past season. She averaged 11.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game while helping the Lady Mustangs achieve a winning record of 21-11.

Meanwhile, her older brother is still waiting on the action that the NBA will take after his latest incident. The Grizzlies player was viewed on Instagram Live showing a gun while in the passenger seat of his friend’s vehicle. Just two months earlier, he had been suspended by the league for a similar action that took place at a Denver strip club after the Grizzlies played them that night.

This is the third reported incident involving a firearm with Morant that the NBA is investigating. No word on the timetable the league has to mete out an appropriate punishment.

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