Ja Morant’s sister, Teniya, decides college basketball future

Ja Morant's sister, Teniya, decides college basketball future


Ja Morant should follow his younger sister’s lead when it comes to Instagram posts.

Teniya Morant — the younger sister of the Grizzlies superstar, who is currently suspended by the team for flashing a gun in an Instagram Live video — revealed her future plans for college on social media.

On Wednesday, the 18-year-old point guard announced her commitment to play at Mississippi Valley State University in a post on Instagram.

Teniya, who is currently a 5-foot-3 senior at Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee, shared a collage of photos that showed her sporting a green and white uniform.

“Let’s go devilettes,” she wrote on Instagram, adding a red and green heart emojis, the team’s colors, and the hashtag, “committed.”

LSU All-American forward Angel Reese commented with: “congrats baby” and heart emojis.

In a separate comment, Reese — who helped the Lady Tigers win their first championship in program history in April — added, “See you game 2.”

Morant’s sister will wear No. 10 at Mississippi Valley State, according to the photos, after sporting No. 1 in high school.

Mississippi Valley State was Teniya’s first Division I basketball offer in late January, according to Commercial Appeal, which reported she also received interest from Grambling State.

Teniya Morant playing for Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee in January 2023.
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Earlier this month, Morant brought his 3-year-old daughter Kaari to watch Teniya play in the Overtime Elite Takeover event, Queen of the Court, at OTE Arena in Atlanta, Ga.

The OTE annual event hosts some of the top male and female high school basketball players.

Izela Arenas, the daughter of former NBA star Gilbert Arenas, won the Queen of the Court title at this year’s OTE event.

Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant looks on during Round 1 Game 5 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 26, 2023 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Morant attended the OTE event one week before he appeared to hold a firearm in an Instagram Live video, which was posted on Saturday by someone he was riding in a vehicle with.

It came less than three months after 23-year-old Morant was seen with a gun in an Instagram Live while in a Denver-area strip club. 

On Tuesday, Morant released his first comments on the second video as he reportedly faces a lengthy suspension.

“I know I’ve disappointed a lot of people who have supported me,” the Grizzlies star said in a statement, via ESPN. “This is a journey and I recognize there is more work to do. 

“My words may not mean much right now, but I take full accountability for my actions. I’m committed to continuing to work on myself.”

The NBA is currently investigating the second gun incident, commissioner Adam Silver said.

Ja Morant appeared to hold a firearm in an Instagram Live video in May 2023.

“Honestly, I was shocked when I saw, this weekend, that video,” Silver told Malika Andrews during ESPN’s Draft Lottery show on Tuesday.

“We’re in the process of investigating it and we’ll figure out exactly what happened as best as we can. The video’s a bit grainy and all that, but I’m assuming the worst. We’ll figure out exactly what happened there.”

Following the first gun incident in March, Morant flew to New York to meet with Silver — who handed the two-time All Star an eight-game suspension without pay.

He attended a short counseling program in Florida in March, and was reinstated shortly after. 

Additionally, Morant’s brand deals have been impacted by his situations off-the-court.

Powerade pulled its ads of Morant after the first gun incident, with a spokesperson for the company stating Monday, “At this time we do not have any Ja-related content running.”

Ja Morant appeared to hold a firearm in an Instagram Live video in March 2023.
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Nike appeared to pull Morant’s signature shoe from its website and app on Thursday, ahead of the release of his ‘Hunger Ja 1’ shoe on May 25.

Morant signed a five-year rookie maximum extension with the Grizzlies worth up to $231 million in 2022.


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