22 - Jerian Grant

6-4, 200 Point Guard
Notre Dame Senior
10/09/92 (30.1 yrs)
Bowie, MD
High School
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Reggie Jackson/Bobby Jackson

Strengths: A familiar face for those who follow college basketball, Jerian Grant is a high level athlete for an NBA guard with explosive hops, strength, quick reflexes, and nice lateral speed … From an athletic, size standpoint alone, Grant screams NBA translation … At 6’5’’, and a mature 205 pounds, he possesses excellent size for an NBA point guard, and if you peg him into an off guard he still has good positional size … Jerian’s athletic ability and length allowed him to finish at a truly elite clip for an NCAA guard … He made 73.1% of his shots at the rim as a senior … Grant also has developed into a player who takes extremely good care of the ball, while setting up his teammates at a high level … His 6.7 assists per game as a senior (7th in the nation), were met with just 2.2 turnovers per game, which was good for a 3.04 assist/to ratio … Grant is also a strong shooter, both off the dribble, and spotting up … He hits FT’s at a good clip (78%) … His ball handling allows him to create space for himself, and he’s a very savvy 1 on 1 player, who has showed improved shot selection as he’s progressed as a player … From a defensive standpoint, he looks to be a player who can translate to the next level … He’s capable defending on the ball, and he’s also good in the passing lanes, which allowed him to finish 6th in the ACC in steals per game … He also is good challenging the shots of smaller guards, and even in the NBA his length will prove an asset when getting a hand up on NBA sized guards … Grant has also shown the ability to step up in big games … He looked amazing in Notre Dame’s run in the ACC tournament, and followed it up with a solid NCAA tournament

Weaknesses: While a polished and athletic guard, the first thing that comes up with a player like Jerian is how much left does he have to improve … He’ll turn 23 before his first NBA game, and although I feel he’s not done developing, some may feel he lacks the ceiling of a younger player … Grant also got off to a hot start his junior year from beyond the arc before sitting out the second half of the season for academic reasons … Despite an early .408% clip, he regressed as a senior, and shot a pretty unimpressive .316% from downtown … Although Grant has good shooting ability, many of these shots were not quality shots, often coming off the dribble … He needs to adjust both his long range shot selection, and just gain more deep reps when looking towards the next level … He is also viewed as a combo guard of sorts, which isn’t a huge deal because of his positional size, if he is indeed a point guard, then he’s huge, but if he’s an off guard with some point skills, he doesn’t have that same advantage and intrigue … Improving upon the ability to set up others in the pick and roll will be important to his future …

Overall: Jerian Grant could help just about any team from day 1, he’s a smart, well rounded player with highlight-reel hops (ask Tadrick Jackson), and NBA level skills at the point … His development in college leads me to believe he still has some room for growth, and his athletic ability and size is top notch … Today you’d like your guards to be a little better shooting from distance, but with some reps paired with getting used to his role in the NBA game, that could be something Grant could develop … Despite his age Grant is most definitely a first round talent, and could be a real sleeper if teams underestimate what he can do, in favor of focusing on the year he was born …

Notes: Son of former NBA player Harvey Grant, nephew of former NBA player Horace Grant, and brother of Philadelphia 76er Jerami Grant. 1st Team All-ACC 2014-15, 1st Team All-American 2014-15

David Ray 4/22/15

Strengths: A true PG with excellent size at 6’4/6’5 … Confident ball handler capable of maintaining ball control as second nature and allowing plays to develop from the top of the key. Thrives with the ball in his hands … Has good composure. A good decision maker and passer. Had a 2.5/1 turnover ratio as a freshman … Solid first step off the dribble and finishes well at the rim … Hits his foul shots at an effective (82%) clip … Has good strength to withstand contact and finish … Very good shooter. Despite struggling from the floor in his freshman season, shows very good form on his shot … Gets his feet set quickly. Has a clean, quick, concise release … Solid versatility to play on or off the ball. Understands how to move off the ball to get open … Good isolation ability with the ability to set his man up with crossovers and also pull up off the dribble … Has the ability to use both hands, to handle the ball and to finish … Good finisher despite lacking great explosiveness with body control and the knowledge of his to use his vody to screen shot blockers when he attacks the basket … Clutch performer, knocked down a huge step back 3 pointer in the closing minute of the Irish’ NCAA game against Xavier … Long arms help him to jump passing lanes as well as play more athletic and finish at the rim with dunks … His long arms also help him to get shots off without much daylight from a defender … Sturdy frame. Good body strength / balance. Able to change directions well … Has good blood lines. Father and Uncle were NBA twins Harvey and Horace Grant … A player who appears to be on the brink of a breakout season … Solid defensively. Doesn’t gamble much. Plays sound, fundamental defense … Generally guards the opponents 2-guard so how he can handle speedy … Capable of some highlight reel dunks, using above average leaping ability …

Weaknesses: Needs to improve upon his shot selection. Forced shots far too often as a freshman. Would launch shots with a defender in his face … Shot 38% from the floor and 35% from 3, numbers that could be greatly improved with more judicious shot selection … Could be a better rebounder for a 6’5 guard at 2.9 per game in 36 mpg … With a decided size and strength advantage over competitors, he should be more aggressive at penetrating and getting to the free throw line. 4 FT attempts per game as a FR … Should learn to incorporate a floater into his game … At times he penetrates too far and get blocked by bigmen at the rim … Could stand to place more energy and emphasis his defensive game … Lacks tremendous lateral quickness to be a lockdown defender …

Notes: Son of former NBA player Harvey Grant and Nephew of Chicago Bulls standout Horace Grant … Brothers are also high level athletes: Jerami Grant (a high level recruit) will be a freshman at Syracuse, and Jaelin a prep player from the class of 2015 … Redshirted his freshmen season due to a stress fracture in his lower left leg …

Aran Smith 6/14/12