|DraftExpress: Statistically speaking, Jerai Grant is one of the best ACC players ever (http://bit.ly/eC2mEQ) - But still not PIT worthy?|
|DraftExpress: Despite all the PIT pullouts, Clemson's Jerai Grant STILL cannot get an invite. NBA guys here are flabbergasted by that.|
|DraftExpress: Jerai Grant, a 6-8 super athletic PF w/#1 in PER in ACC, was actually not invited to Portsmouth. I thought he must have declined. Was wrong.|
|DraftExpress: DX Trending Prospects: Jeffery Taylor, Josh Selby, Chandler Parsons, Jerai Grant http://bit.ly/eMQSL2|
|DraftExpress: Top NBA Draft Prospects in the ACC, Part Five http://bit.ly/aDNUGh - Malcolm Delaney, Jerai Grant, Tracy Smith, Larry Drew, C.J. Harris|
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|Team: NON-NBA College Team:
H: 6' 8"|
W: 219 lbs
(25 Years Old)
|Agent: Andre Buck ||
High School: DeMatha Catholic
Hometown: Bowie, MD
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2011||Nets Workout||6' 7"||6' 8"||219||7' 0.5"||8' 9.5"||4.3||32.5||37.0|
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March 18, 2011
When we last checked in on Jerai Grant back in October, we reflected on the very basic role he played offensively in his first three seasons at Clemson. Feeding almost exclusively off hustle plays at that juncture, Grant has continued to do the dirty work for the Tigers down low this season, but has seen his role expand significantly in the wake of Trevor Booker's departure. Though the expansion of his role hasn't meant much to his NBA potential, it played a significant role in Clemson's surprise NCAA Tournament bid.
Seeing nearly twice as many possessions this season than he did last season, Grant carved out a niche for himself as Clemson's top interior scoring threat. Spending the spring and summer working on his post repertoire, Grant showed developing footwork and the ability to score with basic drop-step and up-and-under moves. Converting 47% of his 3.2 post-up shot attempts per-game according to Synergy Sports Technology, Grant showed the ability to have his way with small front lines on the college level, but struggled against more athletic front-courts.
Grant's increased usage also extended to the midrange, where he attempted less than one jumper per-contest, but flashed the ability to step away from the rim for the first time. Lacking a degree of fluidity in his release, Grant didn't spend too much time facing up and putting the ball on the floor despite his quickness, but knocked down an occasion catch-and-shoot jumper and made significant strides at the charity stripe—boosting his percentages from 59% last season to 71%.
While Grant showed some degree of development in his skill level, his role at the next level won't include situations where he'll be creating offensive chances for himself, making his development as a post threat and jump shooter more of a bonus than a selling point. Ultimately, Grant will be asked to do many of the same things that we described as his strengths in our last report when he was playing next to Trevor Booker: catch and finish, rebound, set screens, and defend.
An explosive athlete, Grant is at his best when his teammates are creating shot for him at the basket. Finishing at a 62.4% rate around the rim, Grant is a hard-worker and does a nice job staying active down low. Showing very solid quickness, he does a nice job filling lanes in transition and flashing to the rim when he sees an opening.
A capable rebounder on both ends, Grant does a fantastic job pursuing the ball off the rim, has very good hands, and is capable of rebounding outside of his area. This season, Grant's rebounding numbers on the offensive end have slipped a bit. A lot of that has to do with his increased usage, as he isn't the type of DeJuan Blair-style rebounder that can hold position and regularly cleans up his own misses. He's at his best when he can crash the glass from the midrange and use his speed to his advantage.
Grant's mobility is a key part of his defensive presence as well. Possessing good lateral quickness and playing with very strong intensity, the Maryland native can hedge the pick and roll very effectively out on the perimeter, and deny penetration consistently from the midrange. He does a fine job in the post thanks to his length and leaping ability, but struggles to hold position against stronger players and is too susceptible to fakes at this point in his career. It will be important for him to continue to add the bulk necessary to defend the post in one-on-one situations and box out stronger forwards to augment his presence as a shot blocker and versatility on that end of the floor.
By no means is Grant a glamorous NBA prospect, but he has experience doing a number of things that NBA teams value, and has a strong pedigree coming from a family of professional basketball players. His lack of size and offensive polish are limiting factors, but if he can showcase his talents against his peers like he'll have the opportunity to at the Portsmouth Invitational, he could endear himself to NBA decision-makers with his work ethic.
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Top NBA Draft Prospects in the ACC, Part Five (#21-25)
October 27, 2010
Having seen limited playing time over his three year career at Clemson, Jerai Grant returns for his senior season with a golden opportunity to earn minutes and showcase his talents in the ACC. A gifted athlete, Grant has a NBA pedigree. Both his father, Harvey, and uncle, Horace, enjoyed long pro careers. Though Grant hasn't posted big numbers or shown much versatility, he has some NBA tools and could emerge as a prospect with a strong senior season.
Grant's biggest asset is his tremendous leaping ability. A very solid all-around athlete, who like most collegiate power forwards, could stand to continue improving his frame, Grant is extremely bouncy in the paint, looking to dunk anything and everything around the basket. He's a touch undersized for a power forward in the NBA, but has long arms and plays with intensity.
Though Grant would be a fine fit athletically as a power forward spot on the next level, his offense game resembles that of a center and he hasn't shown much in the way of a one-on-one arsenal or midrange skills in his NCAA career so far. With virtually all of his scoring opportunities coming within the immediate vicinity of the rim, Grant uses his leaping ability to finish easy opportunities on cuts and from offensive rebounds. Ranking in the top-20 in offensive rebounds per-40 minutes pace adjusted, Grant is primarily a hustle player, though he gets an occasional touch in the post.
When he isn't simply dunking the ball at the rim, Grant relies on simple catch and finish moves to score. Looking to establish deep position and seal his man once he receives a post entry pass, Grant flourished in a limited role last season, ranking in the top-25 in our database in true shooting. While Grant is very efficient at what he does in a limited usage role, he has to develop his midrange shot to open up his offensive game on the level. He took only a couple of jumpers last season, and his poor free throw showing is indicative of the progress he needs to make. Though there's something to be said for Grant to play within his limitations, he'll need to hone his skills and improve the polish on his post repertoire to maximize his potential offensively.
Defensively, Grant does a good job of maintaining his position inside and using his leaping ability to contest shots around the basket. An effective defender in the post on the college level, Grant needs to continue getting stronger to improve his NBA potential. His biggest downfall is his lack of discipline when faked, as he struggles not to leave the floor. Considering how many minutes he could gain from staying out of foul trouble, he'll need to do a better job defensively to ensure he gets the touches he'll need to develop his one-on-one skills offensively.
Considering how Grant almost never created his own shot last season off the dribble or with advanced post moves last season, it will be interesting to see if he emerges as a scoring option or if he stagnates as a roleplayer or undersized center as a senior. Either way, he provides some intrigue, but has a ways to go to legitimize his draft stock. A good candidate for the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Grant is worth keeping tabs on as he is a great athlete as has an opportunity to assume a bigger role offensively for the first time in his career.
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