Grizzlies hold pre-draft workout for UConn standout, and it's not Donovan Cilngan

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Northwestern v UConn
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For months now, the Memphis Grizzlies have been heavily linked as being both a plausible and rather ideal landing spot for UConn stud center Donovan Clingan heading into this year's NBA Draft.

Unfortunately, due to his strong sophomore showing and supposedly stellar individual workouts ahead of June 26, being able to snag him at ninth overall on the board may be a bit of stretch at this point, as his stock continues to rise leading up to the illustrious event.

Regardless of their chances of landing Clingan, it appears the Grizzlies are still interested in the idea of potentially adding a UConn standout to their roster in this year's draft, as it was revealed via Tristen Newton's personal Instagram account that he took part in a workout for the organization on Wednesday, June 12.

Grizzlies workout UConn guard Tristen Newton ahead of NBA Draft

Newton heads into the 2024 NBA Draft following a highly successful five-year collegiate career, the final two of which he served as lead guard for the Huskies.

During his two-year stint in Eastern Connecticut, Newton helped guide the Huskies to back-to-back NCAA Championships.

His final season ultimately proved to be his best from an all-around standpoint, as he would go on to post impressive averages of 15.1 points, 6.2 assists, 6.6 rebounds, and just shy of a steal while earning a Consensus first-team All-American nod as well as being named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

Drawing comparisons to the likes of LA Clippers guard Terance Mann, Newton is a brand of talent who can effectively facilitate the rock, knock down open looks, and take on multiple roles within an offense.

On a team like the Grizzlies who could use a bit of everything after such a lackluster campaign, this type of talent could be mightily intriguing to add to their roster and, with his current projection of being a second-round selection, as things currently stand, it appears far more likely that they'll be able to snatch up this UConn standout compared to his frontcourt running mate, Clingan.