The Memphis Grizzlies might’ve just missed out on the first selection in next month’s NBA Draft, but they look set to acquire an elite talent of their own with their pick, the second in this year’s order.
Multiple sources have reported that Memphis plans to draft Murray State point guard Ja Morant with the 2nd overall pick in next month’s draft.
Morant, a 19-year-old who was lightly recruited coming out of high school, developed into a superstar in his sophomore season at the Ohio Valley Conference school.
The 6’3″ guard was the Racers’ star player and led his team to the OVC Title as well as a 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Morant declared for the draft after an outstanding sophomore season in which he became the first player in NCAA history to average 20 points and 10 assists per game in a single season.
The South Carolina native averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists, 5.7 assists, and 1.8 steals per game, all while shooting 50% from the field. He has the potential to become an elite point guard in the league due to his offensive skill set and tenacity.
The draft will take place on June 20th in Brooklyn, New York.