When the Memphis Grizzlies moved up from No. 8 to No. 2 in the 2019 lottery, sources tell Zach Lowe that the front office immediately knew they would select Ja Morant.

While Zion Williamson was the clear No. 1 prospect by the time of the lottery, there were various points where RJ Barrett was projected to be the top player in the draft class. But Morant had a breakout sophomore season at Murray State and entered the conversation at No. 2.

When the Grizzlies brought in Morant for a pre-draft visit, they surprised him by playing a montage of his highlights on the scoreboard set to the music of Lil Baby, who is Morant's favorite rapper.

"They did their homework," said Morant. 

Morant has become the Grizzlies franchise player, leading the team to the playoffs in his second season. 

"We have the makings of a very special player," said Taylor Jenkins.