Kennedy Chandler returns home to take basketball’s biggest stage with the Memphis Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kennedy Chandler’s time away from home didn’t last long.

The former Briarcrest Christian School star is back in the Bluff City after one year playing with the University of Tennessee Volunteers. This time, Chandler will wear a Memphis Grizzlies uniform the next time he takes the court.

Chandler was selected with the 38th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. The Grizzlies traded a 2024 second-round draft pick to the San Antonio Spurs to bring Chandler home.

While at the University of Tennessee, Chandler averaged 13.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.18 steals per game on his way to 2021-2022 All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman Team honors.

The 6-foot 19-year-old led the Tennessee Volunteers in scoring and acted as the team’s field general at point guard as the Volunteers won the 2022 SEC Tournament Championship.

FOX13 caught up with Chandler the day after the NBA Draft. The new Memphis Grizzlies guard said he can’t wait to play for his hometown.

“You know it’s a very special moment, especially for me. My hometown team and being there in the moment with all my friends and family, being here is a very special moment for me,” Chandler said. “It’s been a long journey for me, being able to play in front of my friends and family and been away from home for probably two years now. For me to wear Memphis across my chest and be able to play it for it as an organization means a lot”

Most of Memphis was excited when the Grizzlies announced the addition of Chandler. But, Grizzlies’ superstar Ja Morant may be one of the most excited to see Chandler on the court in a Memphis uniform.

When Chandler does run onto the floor at the FedExForum, he’ll be wearing number 0.