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NBA Draft 2019: Ja Morant selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 2nd pick

Speed and skill is the new grit and grind

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Well folks, everything is holding true to form. As expected, Ja Morant is headed to Memphis Grizzlies with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Two years ago, Temetrius Jamel Morant was an unranked recruit with few Division I offers in his pocket. Now, he’s about to be a millionaire. Morant’s meteoric rise has truly been a treat for college hoop fans to watch.

On the court, the Murray State product earned his spot at second overall by being this draft class’s best playmaking prospect after averaging 24.5 points and 10.0 assists per game his sophomore year. His height (6’3) and length mixed with his speed makes him a nightmare to stop when he has the ball, and a difficult obstacle for opposing point guards to go up against as they try to run their offense. Morant has all the makings to become a premier point guard in the NBA and fill the shoes of the great Mike Conley who was traded to the Utah Jazzyesterday.

Memphis Grizzlies v Atlanta Hawks
Grit and grind is no more as Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. set out to do what Mike Conley and Marc Gasol could not: win the Finals
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The hard work is just getting started. Morant will face the highest expectations of his career as he and Jaren Jackson Jr. hope to resurrect a once ferocious grit and grind Grizzlies with an emphasis on speed and skill.