Arlington, VA, April 3, 2019 – Tandem Sports + Entertainment has signed projected top-two pick Ja Morant from Murray State University for full-service representation for the NBA Draft and throughout his basketball career. Morant will be represented by Tandem president, Jim Tanner. Tandem will handle contractual agreements, personal appearances, public relations services, corporate partnerships and community relations initiatives for the NBA Draft prospect.
Morant has also hired Orin Mayers, president of OM Management, as his business manager. Tandem and Mayers have a successful similar relationship with Basketball Hall of Famer Ray Allen, and continue to collaborate on Allen’s business initiatives. In addition to his experience as a business manager, Mayers worked with the Milwaukee Bucks for nine years in a number of roles including sales, promotions, marketing, and player programs.
Morant enters this summer’s NBA Draft as a highly sought-after prospect following an extremely successful sophomore campaign at Murray State. He led the Racers to the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Tournament championship, which punched the team’s ticket to the NCAA Tournament. In Murray State’s first round win over Marquette, Morant became the 12th player in NCAA Tournament history to record a triple-double, and the 8th to do so with points, assists and rebounds (17 points, 16 assists, 11 rebounds). The Racers faced Florida State in the second round and despite a loss, Morant finished the season as the Racers’ all-time assists leader (532) and single season scoring leader (808). He also ends his season as the first player in Division I history to average 20 points and 10 assists.
The 2019 OVC Player of the Year is the first Division I player in 20 years to record 40 points, 11 assists and five steals in a regulation game (1/19/19 vs. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville). He earned All-OVC First Team honors both his freshman and sophomore years.
“Ja is an incredibly talented basketball player and a future NBA All-Star,” Tanner said. “But what impresses us the most is his professionalism, maturity and engaging personality. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Ja and his family to the Tandem team. We are excited to work with Ja and look forward to putting him in position for a long and successful career on and off the court.”
“Ja is a bright, talented, high character young man,” Mayers said. “I marvel at his poise, confidence and tremendous abilities on the basketball court. He has a bright future as he begins his journey as a professional basketball player in the NBA. I am honored to be a part of Team Morant, and I am looking forward to assisting Ja with his goals and endeavors.”
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In addition to Ja Morant, Tandem’s roster of clients includes Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, Justin Jackson, Jarrett Allen, Michael Beasley, John Henson, Brandan Wright, Thaddeus Young, Marvin Williams, Gerald Henderson, Raymond Felton, Dominique Wilkins, Alana Beard and Tamika Catchings. Marketing and public relations clients include World Series champion pitcher Chris Young and three-time Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt. Tandem has also provided communications services for and authors Jon Pessah (“THE GAME: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers”) and Lori Leachman (“The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen”).