Jerian GrantHt/Wt: 6' 5" / 185 lbs
Team: Notre Dame
2015 Draft Profile - Jerian GrantStrengths
Grant has an excellent combination of size, length and speed at the point guard position. Once he gets out in transition, he's a blur in the open court. When utilized in the pick and roll game, Grant will likely create a good shot for either himself or his teammates. He has one of the higher maturity and basketball IQ levels in this draft class, which could be a result of staying in school to earn his degree while developing more on the court.
Notre Dame counts on Grant for so much of their offense, and he usually delivers. He's able to attack the basket with his speed or shoot from the perimeter with good range and knock down difficult shots. He has tremendous vision and finds open teammates extremely well, as evidenced by an outstanding assist-to-turnover ratio. Grant is also never afraid of the moment. He's come through in the clutch on several occasions during his time with the Fighting Irish.
His length and speed give him some tools to work with on defense and his knack for getting in passing lanes flashes some potential upside on that end. He's a terrific leader and a very confident player. He also comes from a fantastic basketball bloodline. His father Harvey and Uncle Horace Grant both played in the NBA and his brother Jerami is currently a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. Grant could have been drafted last season had he declared, but after an academic issue he elected to return to school and has only increased his draft stock in the process.
Although Grant is a confident player, that can get him into trouble. At times he will settle for threes well behind the line or force up some tough, contested shots. Better shot selection would likely lead to more efficient shooting numbers from beyond the arc. Because his production is so crucial to Notre Dame, he often times tries to do too much, getting him into strenuous situations. When he attacks the basket through half court sets, a lack of leaping ability tends to show. He struggles a bit finishing over big men and that could be an issue at the next level.
Despite having superb size and length for his position, Grant isn't nearly as committed to the defensive end as he should be, which could be due to the large sum of offensive responsibility that he carries. His lateral quickness is very average, if that, by NBA standards and he could struggle containing dribble penetration against the countless athletic point guards that the league has to offer.
NBA Player Comparison
Not too many players are great comparisons to Grant's game, but Greivis Vasquez is one that's relatively close. Vasquez at Maryland was counted on to carry a daunting offensive load, like Grant is for Notre Dame. Both have phenomenal size and length for point guards and can create offense for others or themselves, but a lack of lateral quickness causes some problems on defense. They each have exceptional vision and pose a major threat in transition, along with solid perimeter shooting ability, though their shot selections need improvement. Grant has a higher ceiling than what Vasquez currently is in the NBA, but will need to work hard to reach it.
PPG: 17.1 APG: 6.7 RPG: 3.1 SPG: 2.0 BPG: 0.7 FG%: 50.3 FT%: 79.2 3PT%: 33.0
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