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More Offers Soon to Come for Grant?

Jerian Grant already was on the map for college recruiters, holding scholarship offers from a list that includes Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Providence, Massachusetts and George Mason, "amongst others," according to DeMatha Coach Mike Jones.

Still, one has to think that Grant's play in the semifinal and championship game of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament will only lead to more attention from colleges and more scholarship offers. The 6-foot-4 junior showed he could make big shots, handle the ball and, oh yeah, play some pretty good defense against one of the area's top players.

"Jerian is somebody who sacrifices for the team, he does what needs to be done," Jones said last night after Grant fed teammate Naji Hibbert for the game-winning basket and a 62-61 victory over Gonzaga before a crowd that Michael Wilbon would have referred to as a "fire marshall safety" because of all the people crammed into aisles, nooks and crannies. "I feel good talking about it because this is the way it should be. All he cares about is whether DeMatha wins.

"He had 10 points, but he made the plays down the stretch. He also is a guy who maybe sets the screens to get Marcus [Rouse] open for his threes, he feeds the ball in the post and when we get pressure, he gets the ball upcourt."

And, Jones noted, it was Grant who drew the early assignment of guarding Gonzaga 6-7 standout Ian Hummer.

"How about that?" Jones said. "It's not like Ian got shut down, but the guy in whose hands we want the ball is running ragged the whole game [chasing Hummer]. He played a complete game."

As for his college prospects, Jones expects that Grant will hit a growth spurt and get closer in height to his dad, Harvey (6-9) and older brother Jerai (6-8), a Clemson sophomore.

"He's still got some pimples on his face and his voice cracks, he's not done growing," Jones said.

By Josh Barr  | March 6, 2009; 2:42 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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