The Dalzell, South Carolina native and son of former basketball player Tee Morant was only lightly recruited by NCAA Division I programs and unranked by recruiting services; this was despite having been named All-Region Most Valuable Player three times and earning All-State honors at Crestwood High and School in Sumter, South Carolina. However, he made an immediate impact at Murray State, earning first-team all-conference honors in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) as a freshman. Morant had a breakout sophomore season, which saw him win OVC Player of the Year and lead the NCAA in assists. As a sophomore, he also became the first player in NCAA history to average at least 20 points and 10 assists per game in a single season. He was the second overall selection of the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2019 NBA Draft.