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DeMarre Carroll Drafted by Memphis Grizzlies

If defense wins championships, DeMarre Carroll will turn out to be a smart pick. The former Missouri star was drafted 27th overall in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday by the Memphis Grizzlies. Carroll, a 2009 Big 12 First-Teamer and Big 12 Tournament MVP, spent the past two years playing for Mizzou after sitting out a year when he transferred from Vanderbilt. ESPN's Chad Ford said on his recap that he loved the pick for Memphis. Many expected that a contender might add Carroll as that last piece to the puzzle, the high-energy player who would disrupt the opposing team's offense while giving a starter some rest. As the 27th pick, Carroll was drafted around the same time many thought he may go, but instead of a contender, Carroll will be heading south to Memphis. Coincidentally, Carroll's uncle and former coach, Missouri coach Mike Anderson, is recruiting the city of Memphis very hard. Perhaps that could be used as a recruiting tool in the future. With Carroll being drafted, Missouri is one of two schools to have a player drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL, MLB, and NBA drafts. North Carolina is the other school. Concerns over a liver disease posed a threat to Carroll's draft status, but fears subsided when it was revealed that he had had the issue and had gotten treatment at Washington University in St. Louis. He may one day need a liver transplant, but that would not become an issue until long after his playing career is over. If Carroll can have success in the NBA, even if it is in a limited role as many project, he will help further Mizzou's success as a recruiting tool and can leave his alma-mater's mark on the NBA.

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Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo to participate in USA Basketball National Team ...

Grizzlies players Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo were two of 25 rising NBA stars invited to participate in the 2009 USA Basketball ...

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Now is not the time

As far as we know, Rajon Rondo is still a member of the Boston Celtics. The draft has come and gone and Boston ...

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Grizzlies select Hasheed Thabeet with No. 2 Pick in 2009 NBA Draft

The Memphis Grizzlies selected University of Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet (Ha-SHEEM THA-beet) with the second overall ...

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Grizzlies Trade Darko Milicic To Knicks For Quentin Richardson

ESPN has just reported during the NBA draft that, in an underwhelming trade, The Memphis Grizzles have traded ...

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Kings Select Tyreke Evans!

With the fourth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Kings selected Tyreke Evans from Memphis.

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