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Jerami Grant

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 214
  • Birthdate: 03/12/1994
  • College: Syracuse
Round 2: Pick 39
Drafted By: Philadelphia 76ers 
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Length (7-2 wingspan)
  • Explosive leaper
  • Good finisher; not afraid of contact
  • Good rebounder
  • Has potential to defend multiple positions
  • Plays hard

 

Weaknesses

  • Tweener
  • Jump shot mechanics need work
  • Has to get bigger and stronger

 

NBA projection: Grant has been projected as a mid first-round pick.

 

2013-14 Season

Grant started 20 of 32 games in his second season and led the Orange in rebounding and finished third in scoring. He finished eighth in the ACC in rebounding, racked up seven double-doubles and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds against NC State. In November, he was chosen to the EA Sports Maui Invitational All-Tournament team after helping Syracuse beat Minnesota, California and Baylor for the championship.

 

Key statistics: 12.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.8 spg, 1.2 tpg, 31.4 mpg, .496 FG, .674 FT

 

Cool statistic: Grant’s best overall game—24 points and 12 boards—came in a 91-89 overtime win over Duke.

 

Reminds me of: Thaddeus Young

 

What Insiders Say

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim

“Everyone is going to play him to drive, so when he made that jump shot [in an early January win over Miami], that’s huge. They’re giving him that 15-footer all game long, and you can’t get to the basket when there is a 7-footer sitting back and waiting for you in the paint. He has to make that jump shot to be effective.”

 

What Outsiders Say

NBA executive

"He's not ready like [T.J.] Warren and [Doug] McDermott, but athletically, a year from now, two years from now, he could be as good as those guys. He's got bounce, he plays hard. Eighteen months from now, you might have a pretty good player."

 

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Grant, the son of former NBA player Harvey Grant (Horace Grant, who won titles with Chicago and the L.A. Lakers, is his uncle), is a big-time athlete who will have to show he can make shots (he didn't make a 3-pointer last season for the Orange, taking just five attempts all season).

 

But, the Draft is often about upside. Grant has upside. One scout compared him to how Sixers star Thaddeus Young was as a collegiate player. More>>

 

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch