Former rivals try out for Grizzlies

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

MEMPHIS – Romero Osby may have transferred from Mississippi State, but the Mississippi boy would love to start an NBA career close to home.
Osby worked out for the Memphis Grizzlies last week, a reasonable drive up I-55 from his Meridian hometown if his NBA dream became reality here.
The 6-foot-8, 232-pound forward is on the same path as other hopefuls, showcasing his skills in front of as many teams as possible.
“I’m getting some good feedback, no promises of course, but some good feedback,” said Osby, trying to work his way into the second round of the June 27 draft. Memphis has three second-round picks.
“I’m not really buying much into the draft boards, just letting coaches and GMs see what I can do and hopefully somebody likes me.”
Osby spent two seasons with the Bulldogs after a standout career at Northeast Lauderdale. After limited playing time in two seasons in Starkville, Osby averaged 16 points and seven rebounds as a senior in Norman.
A first-team All-Big 12 selection last season, he spent five years in college and is married with a daughter.
“I’ve been around the block, so I know how to be a pro on and off the court,” Osby said. “On top of that, I think I can bring versatility, play inside, outside, be a hybrid kind of.”
Osby is working on ball handling and outside shooting, things he didn’t get to showcase much in college. He joked around with a cameraman wearing Mississippi State gear after the work at FedExForum. Wherever his career starts, he has a handle on what he needs to prove to start it.
“Being able to show I can play the small forward at the NBA level as well as be strong enough and quick enough to guard power forwards,” Osby said.
HOLLOWAY OPTIMISTIC
Osby wasn’t the only former Mississippi SEC player at the workout.
Former Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway worked out here for the second time, only the second player invited back through five predraft workouts.
“Another great workout. I hope it’s something they like in the game and not that I’m just like an hour down the road,” Holloway said, then smiled. “I just play my hardest when I get out here and hope it pays off for me.”
brandon.speck@journalinc.com