Once projected to be a lottery pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Bowie native Jerami Grant slipped into the second round where he was selected with the 39th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Grant, a DeMatha Catholic product, will follow in the footsteps of his father, Harvey, who finished his NBA career with the Sixers in 1999.
“He’ll be fine,” said Harvey Grant, a former first round selection by the Washington Bullets who spent eleven years in the NBA, “because he’s a hard worker and he’s been around basketball all his life.”
Grant averaged 12 points and 6.8 rebounds per game at Syracuse last season but believes his greatest asset at the next level may be his defense.
Among Grant’s strengths are his 7-foot plus wingspan and his athleticism on the court. He plays taller than his 6-foot-8 frame.
“I’m my own player,” said Grant, a forward who spent two years in college before opting to leave early for the draft. “I’m not really like any other player to come out of Syracuse. I feel like I can play defense.”
Grant is playing for the Sixers in the Orlando and Las Vegas Summer Leagues this month.
The former DeMatha standout already has at least one supporter in former high school and Team Takeover AAU teammate James Robinson, a rising junior point guard at the University of Pittsburgh.
“I think he’s really matured on the court in terms of he won’t settle for jumpers,” said Robinson, “instead he will attack the rim and use his athleticism to finish or create a foul. On defense he’s mobile and can guard many positions so that won’t be a problem in the league.”