Grizzlies rookies learning in Mini-Camp

Grizzlies rookies learning in Mini-Camp

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - New Grizzlies draft picks Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jevon Carter will be closely watched this summer.

WMC Action News 5's Sudu Upadhyay shows us how the two Rookies are adjusting to the Rigors of Pro Basketball.

The NBA is a whole lot different than the college game - no classes to attend, no papers due.

But just because these guys are now getting paid to play doesn't mean they don't have homework to do.

Just a day after the Memphis Grizzlies drafted Jaren Jackson Jr. fourth overall and Jevon Carter 32nd overall, Grizz head coach J.B. Bickerstaff gave them both assignments to complete.

"It was some film on an iPad," Jackson said. "He had me watch a lot of Kevin Garnett. How he passes. Where he catches it in the game."

"He gave me some Chris Paul stuff and Patrick Beverley stuff," Carter said. "When they were teaching us stuff I could see the translation from the stuff I was watching on the film."

Bickerstaff said it's still early but he likes the effort Jackson and Carter are giving so far in the Grizzlies Summer League Mini-Camp.

"Effort level is high," Bickerstaff said. "The intensity was high. The ability to pick up and retain things was high. They're coachable. They're working with their teammate. So... so far so good."

Jackson, who's only 18 years old, brings an enthusiastic vibe to the practice courts of FedExForum. His energy and excitement is obvious...but he doesn't want to be defined by his age.

"Age... that's kind of out the door now. Everybody wants to prove themselves." Jackson said. "I'm gonna come out here and show that every day. That's just what you have to bring. That's what everybody on the court has to bring. Not just for yourself..but for your team. If you don't do that your team don't win."

"He's got the right approach," Bickerstaff said. "He's wide open. He's taken everything and absorbed it like a sponge. There's been no 'no's.' There's only been the right questions asked. All the players that I've ever seen that want to be great have that approach, and so far he's shown that."

Carter is a little more reserved but brings a strictly business attitude to the court.

"That's just how I am every day," Carter said. "This is what I do. I mean..of course I was anxious to get out there...but as far as being nervous..this is what I do."

Carter has already made an impression on a veteran teammate.

"I played against Jevon in college a lot," said Wayne Selden. "So I already knew what he brought to the table."

The Grizzlies 5 Session Mini-Camp ran through Saturday.

The squad then heads to the Utah Jazz Summer League next week, before opening play in the Las Vegas Summer League July 6 to the 17.

It's there where we'll see if Jackson and Carter get a passing grade on their professional studies so far.

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