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Another DeMatha Player Heading to the Hoosier State

This one will play for Notre Dame.

DeMatha forward Jerian Grant, a 6-foot-4 senior, on Wednesday committed to play for the Fighting Irish, who are coached by DeMatha alum Mike Brey. Grant's father, Harvey, had a lengthy NBA career and his brother, Jerai, now plays for Clemson.

Grant had been scheduled to visit Virginia this coming weekend, with planned trips to DePaul and Providence. But like teammate Victor Oladipo, Grant made up his mind after his first official visit.

"It's a great fit," DeMatha Coach Mike Jones said. "They recruited him very hard. He went on the visit and it felt like home. There's a strong DeMatha connection there with Coach Brey and [assistant coach Rod] Balanis," a 1988 DeMatha graduate.

"The recruiting game has changed so much," Jones said. "A lot of times, I think it is a fear of missing out on something. A lot of times in the past, your favorite school may not have been your first visit and you went on visits and then went to your favorite school and figured it out from there.

"These guys went to their favorite schools first. I know they got a lot of pressure. Schools don't want to miss out on the first or second choices and have to go to their third choices. It's the same way for kids, too."

Grant will be the first DeMatha player to play for Notre Dame since Adrian Dantley in the mid-1970s.

Oladipo earlier this week committed to play for Indiana.

By Josh Barr  | September 9, 2009; 6:47 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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