The Memphis Grizzlies have the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. And all signs point to them using that pick on Murray State guard, Ja Morant.
Jonathan Givnoy of ESPN reported the news on Wednesday, noting that the front office is “locked in” on Morant.
Source: Barring the unexpected, Memphis Grizzlies front office and ownership appear to have locked in on selecting Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and are informing parties in Chicago of such. That clears the way for R.J. Barrett to fall to the Knicks at #3.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 15, 2019
There are really no surprises here.
Duke forward Zion Williamson is the clear No. 1. But after him, Morant has been pegged as likely the No. 2 pick for quite some time. Murray State lasted only two games in the NCAA Tournament, but Morant made quite an impression. In the Racers win over Marquette, he posted only the eighth triple-double in tournament history.
In his final year at Murray State, Morant averaged 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and a Division I leading 10 assists a game. He shot 49.9% from the field, 36.3% on threes, and 81.3% on free throws.
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