The Grizzlies took a major step toward remaking the franchise on Thursday night by selecting Murray State point guard Ja Morant with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the pick from the stage of Barclays Center in New York as fans in Memphis watched the announcement live inside FedExForum.
By selecting Morant, the Grizzlies are signaling they have found their point guard of the future after trading Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
Morant will pair with 2018-19 first-team All-Rookie selection Jaren Jackson Jr. to form the basis of the franchise's new look.
"Wherever I go, I’m just going to try to make an impact and also make my teammates better," Morant told reporters Wednesday in New York.
At 6-foot-3, Morant is regarded as an elite passer with off-the-charts athleticism. His 3-point shooting and defense remain unrefined. But the Grizzlies' revamped front office has signaled that it plans to be patient over the coming seasons with a first-time coach and young core.