3 - Jerami Grant

6-8, 214 Small Forward
Syracuse Sophomore
03/12/94 (29 yrs)
Hyatsville, MD
High School
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NBA Comparison: Thaddeus Young

Strengths: A very athletic forward prospect with top notch physical tools … Projects to be a wing, and has good size for the position at 6’8, and possesses outstanding length to match (7’2 3/4 wingspan) and a massive 8’11" standing reach  … Has a good frame to add weight without the loss of athleticism, and should be an amply sized wing as he inevitably gets bigger … Runs the floor exceptionally well, and is a long strider with good speed and high level leaping skills … Gets off the floor quickly … Covers tons of ground every times he moves … His size and athleticism could allow him to be a Swiss army knife on the defensive end of the floor, as his length and lateral quickness are both tantalizing for a forward … Was pretty good and sound as a defender in the back of Cuse’s 2-3 zone, which bodes well for teams who wanted a clearer read on his ability to adjust to traditional NBA style defense … Nice pick and roll player … Is a good finisher around the rim and gets a high number of dunks … Able to “get skinny” around the rim to finish around defenders … Has some effective finger rolls and scoop shots … Is tough to stop from getting to the rim off the bounce from the foul line …Will be a hard cover for PF’s because of his quickness and ability to attack off the bounce inside the arc…Is generally effective without having many plays run through him … Moves well without the ball and is adept at cutting to the basket for easy baskets … Good offensive rebounder and will get put back dunks if the defense doesn’t box him out … Plays with energy and a good motor, and is willing to put his body on the line for loose balls … Got to the foul line at an extremely impressive rate last season, which speaks to his aggressive nature as a slasher … Has considerable potential as a player, and his ability to continually improve will be largely based on simply putting on pounds which shouldn’t be that hard for him to do … Was on Team USA’s U19 World Championship team this past summer (put didn’t participate in the actual game due to mono), and was applauded for his defensive efforts in practice sessions…Has promise, and will not be 21 years old until near the end of next season … Has relatively limited wear and tear, as he only played extended minutes this past season at Syracuse …

Weaknesses: He could have some struggles to find a true position, especially initially in the NBA … Obviously needs to put on weight, and even though he has since HS it has been a fairly slow process and improving his thin body will have an impact on his NBA career … His perimeter skills are a bit underdeveloped, and he shows below average handles and a nonexistent jumper from deep … Pretty predictable off the dribble, and very rarely goes left … No good from anywhere outside of 12 feet as a shooter, and he made 0 3 pointers as a Soph. … Has an awkward release that needs to be overhauled completely … Though he has real good defensive potential and put together some strong defensive performances in college and the World Championships, adjusting his instincts from Boeheim’s 2-3 zone to a largely man to man system will likely take a little time … Showed some raw instincts at times on defense in college …Was not nearly the type of shot-blocker or playmaker on defense his physical tools suggest he should’ve been this past season (0.6 bpg and 0.8 spg) … Reliant on teammates to produce offensively and generally is ineffective when his guards struggle, which happened often down the stretch for Syracuse … Has virtually no post game for a guy who played extended time at the PF spot and projects to play some minutes at PF at the next level in small-ball lineups …Rarely passes the ball … Still is a pretty green player, and has some learning to do before he reaches his potential as a player …

Overall: Grant developed beautifully after a fairly underwhelming Fr. Season … He’s a tough matchup due to his size and athleticism as a forward … He’s a high energy player who could contribute in a number of ways on both ends as he develops … He should look to improve his perimeter skills, add strength and weight, and adjust defensively to be his best as a player, but he has plenty of time and potential to do so in the future … Grant is likely a 1st round pick in the 2014 draft …

Jorrye Nixon 5/16/14

Strengths: Impressive physical specimen of a forward … Has a huge wingspan (7’2"), making him a potential terror on the defensive end … Great all-around athlete … His combination of size and length help him to simply overpower and out athleticism smaller wing forwards … Fantastic shot-blocking wing player … Can guard multiple positions thanks to his length and lateral quickness … Good offensive rebounder who can produce a lot of second-chance buckets … Equally comfortable driving to his right or his left … Decent shooter from out to beyond the 3pt. arc … Unselfish player with good court awareness who makes the extra pass … Capable of rebounding the ball and then running the fast break himself…Has a lot of raw physical tools and a decent skill set at age 19, making him a guy with a lot of upside …

Weaknesses: Still very raw at this point in time.  Only played 14 MPG last season for Syracuse, indicating that he has a long way to go to be pro-ready…Needs to expand his offensive game.  Isn’t a great ball handler and slasher for a small forward, and doesn’t have any kind of post game … Still a bit thin.  Needs to hit the weights and add some muscle … Shooting consistency is still a bit of an issue … Needs to improve from the stripe.  56% free throw shooter last season..

Notes: Son of former NBA player, Harvey Grant

Jacob Stallard 8/12/13