Ja Morant has dominated basketball headlines this week. The superstar guard was suspended by the Memphis Grizzlies after a video of him flashing a gun on a live stream went viral. The NBA is yet to hand down a punishment to Morant, who was suspended for the same offense earlier in the year.
However, Morant is not the only hooper in the family. His 18-year-old sister Teniya has also been turning heads on the court. Her play has been featured on a number of outlets like ESPN. Many have compared her style of play to her brother's, who was the #2 pick in the 2019 NBA draft. Furthermore, she recently announced where she will be taking her talent on the NCAA stage.
Teniya Morant Commits To Mississippi Valley State
In an Instagram post, the 5"7 Morant announced that she had committed to Mississippi Valley State of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. While not heavily recruited, Morant did also receive an offer from Grambling State. Morant averaged 10.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game at Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee. Founded in 1950, Mississippi Valley State is an HBCU located near the town of Itta Bena. The women's basketball team is coached by second-year head coach Kimberly Anderson. Prior to Mississippi Valley State, Anderson had spent seven years at Division II Lane College. Mississippi Valley State is by no means a current SWAC powerhouse. They last won the SWAC regular season title in 2012 and the conference tournament in 1993. Currently, Jackson State rules supreme over the conference and has since 2020.
During the 2022-23 season, the Devilettes went 2-27, only beating Nicholls (5-24) and New Orleans (8-20). However, there's every chance Mississippi Valley State turns their fortunes around. Furthermore, the NCAA's one-time transfer exemption would allow Morant to explore the transfer portal if at any point she feels like she needs a change of scenery. While her brother had the benefit of the NBA's "one and done" college rule, he also attended a mid-major college at Murray State. And who knows, maybe the Morant siblings will one day join the exclusive list of WNBA-NBA sibling pairings. Regardless, the team here at HotNewHipHop wishes Morant all the best in her freshman season.