Grizzlies take Jackson at #4 in NBA Draft

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 21: Jaren Jackson Jr. poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted fourth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

MEMPHIS – The Memphis Grizzlies have selected forward Jaren Jackson Jr. of Michigan State with the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft.

Despite reports the Grizzlies might trade out of the franchise’s first lottery pick since 2010, Memphis stayed put Thursday night and selected Jackson immediately after the Atlanta Hawks selected Luka Doncic.

Jackson is a one-and-done power forward who averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game. He has good defensive skills with quickness that allows him to keep pace with smaller players.

The fourth pick was the highest for the Memphis franchise since picking Hasheem Thabeet with the second overall pick in 2009. The previous time the Grizzlies had the fourth overall pick was in 2007 when they chose point guard Mike Conley from Ohio State.

The Grizzlies then selected West Virginia guard Jevon Carter early in the second round, #32 overall.  Carter is a 2-time Big XII defensive player of the year and one of only 5 players in Division one hoops history with 1500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals.