Grizzlies take Jarell Martin 25th overall

LSU forward Jarell Martin, a Baton Rouge native, went late in the first round of Thursday's NBA Draft to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Jarell Martin is on his way to a title contender, selected 25th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft Thursday night.

A Baton Rouge native, Martin becomes the highest drafted LSU player since Anthony Randolph went 14th overall to the Golden State Warriors in 2008.

The Grizzlies were a playoff team in 2015 after finishing the regular season 55-27. In Memphis, Martin will share a frontcourt with proven, physical veterans Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.

Martin authored a stellar sophomore season in 2014-15, notching first-team All-SEC honors and averaging 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting 50.9 percent from the floor.

His numbers were up across the board from his freshman season, when Martin posted 10.3 points and 4.6 boards a game while dealing with an ankle injury and playing alongside veteran all-conference big man Johnny O'Bryant.

He was a five-star prospect in the Class of 2013 and a McDonald's All-American. Martin helped lead a fledgling charter school in Baton Rouge, Madison Preparatory Academy, to its first state title in 2013.



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