After a first-round upset, the NCAA Tournament run for Ja Morant and No. 12 Murray State came to an end Saturday with a 90-62 loss to No. 4 Florida State.
And with the sophomore guard projected to go very high in this year's NBA Draft, perhaps as high as No. 2 overall behind Duke's Zion Williamson, all eyes will turn to Morant's professional future.
The Knicks surely have been keen obersvers as of late, and after his impressive performances on a national stage, he's shaping up as a way more than just a consolation prize for the Knicks if they miss out on Williamson.
Williamson and R.J. Barrett still have time left with Duke, but Morant's next official game could very well be with the Knicks.
Morant wasn't ready after Saturday's loss to think about his possible NBA future.
"That time will come," Morant said. "My focus is not on that right now. It's just celebrating what a great season we had with my teammates."
The 19-year-old had 28 points after recording a triple-double in the first round, just the ninth triple-double in NCAA Tournament history.
Murray State coach Matt McMahon was asked what it was like managing all the attention paid to Morant during the season.
"It was really easy. And I think it's because of the humility that Ja has. I think it's because of the great family, the support system he has in place, his parents back home and then his surrounding family, they really keep him grounded. And he's a winner. So he's about the right things. I thought he was able to really do a tremendous job of blocking out all of the noise and just staying focused on becoming the best player he could be. Growing as a leader, as I mentioned, and then really helping this become a very special Murray State team.
"And I've said it before, I look back to when I was 19, I couldn't have done it. It's amazing the way he's handled it and just a great credit to him and his family."