MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies have selected 7-foot-3 Hasheem Thabeet of Connecticut with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, trying to improve their defense and take advantage of his shot-blocking skills.
Thabeet missed working out in person in Memphis on Sunday. But team officials flew out to meet with him in person.
Fans attending a draft party at the FedExForum mostly cheered the pick, though a few boos were heard.
This is the highest the Grizzlies selected in the draft since moving to Memphis in 2001, but the third straight year drafting No. 5 or higher.
Memphis didn't keep its top pick a year ago. The Grizzlies instead made a late night trade that sent the rights for Kevin Love to Minnesota in exchange for O.J. Mayo.
The Memphis Grizzlies need more help on offense, so they have selected Missouri forward DeMarre Carroll with the 27th overall pick in the NBA draft.
Carroll helped Missouri win the Big 12 title and reach the regional final of the NCAA tournament in his senior season.
The Memphis Grizzlies, with needs on defense and offense, addressed them in a draft they wrapped up by taking forward Sam Young of Pittsburgh with the 36th pick overall.
Young was All-Big East and set Pitt's single-season record with 690 points. He finished fourth in the Big East in scoring with 19.2 points per game.