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NBA DRAFT 2022 - "Jake LaRavia on Memphis Grizzlies"

Updated: Sep 8, 2022


Jacob Glen LaRavia (born November 3, 2001) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Indiana State Sycamores and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

LaRavia is the son of Jeff and Becky LaRavia. His family moved from Pasadena, California to Indianapolis when LaRavia was six years old. LaRavia played basketball for Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, where he was teammates with Nijel Pack and Dre Davis. He had a limited role until his senior season, in which he became the team's leading scorer.

As a freshman at Indiana State, LaRavia averaged 9.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He was named to the All-Newcomer and All-Freshman Teams in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) In his sophomore season, LaRavia averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, earning second-team All-MVC recognition. Following the departure of coach Greg Lansing, he transferred to Wake Forest. On January 22, 2022, LaRavia recorded a career-high 31 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in a 98–76 win against North Carolina. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game as a junior. He was named to the second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference. On March 29, 2022, LaRavia declared for the 2022 NBA draft while maintaining his college eligibility. On June 1, 2022, he announced that he would remain in the draft and forgo his remaining college eligibility.

LaRavia was named an Indiana All-Star after the 2018-19 season after emerging with Lawrence Central High School. He averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.3 steals to help the Bears to a 22-4 record and their first sectional title since 2012. He shot 42.6% from the 3-point line as a senior. 

Memphis has a strong Indiana connection: Desmond Bane (Seton Catholic in Richmond), Jaren Jackson (Park Tudor) and John Konchar (Purdue Fort Wayne) are all Grizzlies. Sean McDermott, a Pendleton Heights and Butler alum, saw time with them in 2021-22. 

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