MSU's Jaren Jackson Goes to Memphis Grizzlies in Draft; U-M's Wagner Off to Lakers
June 22nd, 2018, 7:17 AM
It was an exciting night for basketball fans of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.
MSU forward Jaren Jackson Jr. went No. 4 overall to the Memphis Grizzlies in Thursday night's NBA draft in Brooklyn, and less than an hour later, teammate Miles Bridges was taken No. 12 overall by the Clippers before being dealt to the Hornets for Kentucky's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who was taken with the 11th pick, reports Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News:
Jackson and Bridges are the highest two Michigan State players selected in the same NBA Draft since Magic Johnson and Gregory Kelser went No. 1 and No. 4 in 1979. They are sixth MSU tandem to be taken in the first round.
Meanwhile, U-M's Moritz Wagner, a native of Germany, was selected the No. 25 overall pick by the Lakers.
"It's a lot of hard work, a lot people that help you out to get to this point," Wagner said on ESPN after being drafted. "I'm so incredibly grateful to be here. I'm speechless, truly speechless."