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Why You Might Know Him
Jerami Grant did exactly what his team asked him to do during his two-year career at Syracuse: defend, provide energy, and score some points around the hoop. In doing so, he allowed others to garner more attention from the national media. Still, Grant made a name for himself with his freak athleticism and length, as well as his monstrous dunks.
The team that selects Grant will likely be drafting on upside. He has a ton of it, as Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim told Emily Austen in the video above. Grant is a supreme athlete with an impressive wingspan of 7-foot-2.75. That wingspan tied with Kyle Anderson for the longest at the NBA Draft Combine among players who were not listed as power forwards or centers. Grant reminds me a lot of Corey Brewer when he was coming out of Florida in a sense that Brewer was also athletic, long, wiry, defensive-minded, and a project. Grant is explosive around the rim and charges home crowds with his dunks. Still, I feel that his length exceeds his leap around the rim. His offensive game is very raw right now. He does have a good handle on the ball and is solid off of the dribble. He has a go-to spin move that he likes to use on the regular. He’s stronger than he looks. He can handle contact and uses his lower body strength to maneuver past defenders. Grant will need to develop his shot at the next level. It’s currently unreliable and can be extremely errant. He does, however, have a nice motion and release. Repetition at the NBA level will certainly do him well. The hope is that he will gain confidence and a softer touch, as his shot currently falls heavy on the rim and rarely gets a friendly roll. He moves very well off of the ball and would pair nicely with a pass-first point guard. As with all Syracuse products, many question Grant’s ability to defend NBA swingmen. I don’t. He has great feet, great agility and a scary wingspan. Grant also has very good timing when blocking shots and knows how to avoid fouls by going up vertically and using his length. He should be fine on defense if he can ingest his team’s schemes and principles. Grant has all the physical tools you’d look for in a prospect. The question is whether or not he’ll be able to continue to develop from a pure athlete to a true basketball player. His work ethic will play a huge role in answering that question. Until then, he may act as an energy giver at both ends who can also contribute some scoring and rebounding.
Grant was born into a true basketball family on March 12, 1994 in Portland, Ore. to Harvey and Beverley Grant. Harvey played 11 years in the NBA and his brother, Horace, played 17 seasons while winning four titles with the Bulls and Lakers. Jerami also has two brothers, Harvey Jerai and Holdyn Jerian, who played high-level Division I basketball, as well as a younger brother, Harrison Jaelin. Jerami attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. He began playing on the varsity squad at DeMatha as a sophomore, helping the team log a 32-4 record. He continued to improve as his career progressed and eventually became the 37th player listed on the ESPN 100 during his senior season. Grant was given scholarship offers from Syracuse, Maryland, NC State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Rutgers and Virginia Tech. He chose to attend Syracuse and signed his letter of intent on Sept. 16, 2011. Grant started just two games as a freshman but gained a larger role as a sophomore. He finished his second season in Syracuse with averages of 12.1 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game and 1.4 assists per game while starting 22 games.