The head coach at Murray State believes Broadway is the perfect stage to showcase Ja Morant’s point-guard “basketball genius,’’ and predicts he will be one of the NBA’s top shoe salesmen if he lands with the Knicks.
Morant, the creative sophomore being heralded in several mock drafts as the second pick after Zion Williamson, had his stock soar during the college basketball season.
The Knicks will find out during this upcoming Tuesday’s draft lottery if they have a shot at Morant, who is a virtual lock of not falling past No. 3. Duke’s RJ Barrett is the other consensus top-three pick.
Though from a small town in South Carolina and playing in a mid-major conference, Morant will embrace the New York limelight, according Murray State coach Matt McMahon.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt about it,’’ McMahon said Tuesday in an appearance on MSG Network’s “MSG 150.’’ “He’s just such a special player. I think he’s gonna sell a lot of shoes, he’s gonna put people in seats because everyone wants to see what he’s gonna do next — whether that’s jumping over a 6-foot-8 guy to dunk on him or a lob pass from behind half court. He just plays the game in an exciting way that few people can match.”