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Grizz add two more names to roster


The Memphis Grizzlies can add two more names to their roster after Thursday's NBA Draft.

The Grizz, who had just one pick in this year's draft, selected Jarell Martin.

Martin, from Louisiana State University, is a 6-foot-9, 239 pound power forward.

"We think he brings some rare skills for a power forward. He can handle the ball very skillfully for a player 6-foot-8. If you watched the games late in the season, particularly against big teams like Kentucky and Arkansas. He can get in the lane and make plays in traffic and just has a scoring instinct," said Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace.

Martin was named All-SEC First Team as a sophomore, averaging 16.9 points and 9 rebounds, and led LSU to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2009.

"We just think he has a tremendous amount of potential because he's always been playing organized basketball," said Wallace.

The Grizzlies also made a late second round move, trading Jon Leuer to Phoenix for the rights to 44th pick Andrew Harrison.

A 6-foot-6, 210 pound guard from Kentucky, Harrison averaged 9.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game during his 2 years with the Wildcats.

When asked about Harrison, Wallace said, "The biggest indication of what a coach thinks of a player is: does he put the ball in his hands and give him responsibilities or does he play him in tight games? Well Andrew was on the floor for a significant amount of time from the first day he came to Kentucky."

Wallace believes both should help with the scoring issues the Grizzlies faced last season, but as for the "Grit-N-Grind" defensive mentality, he believes that is something they will learn in time.

"They are both hardworking guys with athleticism and come from great programs. They'll learn how to defend at this level."

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