NBA Position: PF
Hometown: Hyattsville, MD
High School: DeMatha
Ceiling: Shawn Marion
Basement: Anthony Randolph
NBA Comparison: Young Darius Miles
- Long, Explosive Leaper
- High Motor
- Rebounds Position
- Elite Off. Rebounder
- Quality Defender
- Good Passer/Play-Maker
- Inconsistent Shooter
- System Defender (2-3 Zone)
- Average Ball-Skills
Athleticism: Elite, long athlete that uses those tools with great activity to make an impact in all aspects on the court. Grant has a great frame with wide, broad shoulders and good strength for this stage in his development. He has a great first jump using his long arms and athleticism to make plays on both ends of the floor. Overall Grant is one of the better all-around athletes in this prospect pool.
NBA Role: Forward, rebounder and defender with potential to be more. Right now Grant is developing as an offensive player so in the NBA, at this stage, he would be a utility athlete that has the potential to defend multiple positions, rebound the ball at a high rate, and score in transition. This year he has shown an improved post game and his jump-shot is still a work in progress. Grant has the potential to impact the game in a variety of ways like a Shawn Marion type without the shooting right now.
Overall Analysis: Potential is a word thrown around a lot with prospects that are not polished and have very good athletic upside. That is where Grant is in a class that most of the prospects near the top of the board that have more polish and definition to their game. With Grant, he has improved this year in a more pronounced role. Athletically Grant is a combination forward that has the range and motion to play the three and the four. As a four he is undersized, but has great length, athleticism, and the frame to add strength for playing in the paint at the next level. He has added a nice spin move going from right-to-left on the offensive end finishing well in traffic at the rim. When Grant gets in the paint he absorbs contact and can finish either through, or around the defense. On the glass Grant is very active playing with great energy keeping the ball alive for extra possessions on the offensive end and closing out defensive possessions on the other end. As a three at the next level Grant has the athletic ability and size to create advantages and mismatches, but his overall perimeter shooting will limit his effectiveness. Shooting has been the biggest hole in his game at this stage in Grant’s development from the mid-range to the three-point line. He does not have a soft touch or a great mechanical release on his jump-shot. From a form perspective Grant has a compact release with no wasted motion, but his shot is not falling. At the next level shooting is one skill that will not hold back a great athlete with coaching and practice. As a play-maker Grant is a team oriented player that is a willing passer and has shown flashes as a good passer finding teammates in good positions to score. He is a good, but not great ball-handler. In small spaces, like on the baseline moving to the basket with his quick spin move, Grant is an effective ball-handler. In the open court Grant can rebound the ball and push it up-court, but he has a lose handle that can be susceptible to turnovers. On the defensive end Grant is an excellent rebounder that tracks the ball well in traffic getting off the ground quickly to collect the ball over taller, more traditional fours. Defensively, Grant has shown good instincts despite the limitations of the 2-3 Zone making plays on the ball. His length allows him to get into passing lanes and he has the quickness to move with perimeter oriented scorers on the wing. Overall Grant has a lot of translatable skills right now as a rebounder, defender, and athlete, but has the potential to be an even more effective all-around player as he develops on the offensive end.
Easily the biggest leap in terms of stock this year has been sophomore Jerami Grant (No. 10 on the Big Board) of Syracuse. He is not putting up big flashy numbers because of the system they run in Syracuse, but he has one of the most unique skill-sets of any prospect in this years class.
Grant is a very active wing on the glass, especially on the offensive this season.
He does a great job tracking rebounds on both ends of the floor and uses his length to keep the ball alive against more traditional big men. As a rebounder Grant is not the strongest or most traditional rebounder because of his size, but athleticism and activity are not measured with height and weight. Grant’s best overall skill is offensive rebounding for his position. There is no player in the NBA at the three position that averages more than a 9.2% offensive rebounding rate this season and early this season Grant is averaging an 11.9% offensive rebounding rate. His activity on the offensive glass is unmatched by any other prospect at his position.
Defensively Grant uses his length to his advantage protecting the rim as a weak-side shot-blocker. He has shown the ability to fill-up the stat-sheet with a block and a steal a night despite playing in the zone. That is normally a detraction for prospects because the NBA is more man-to-man oriented, but for athletes like Grant that have the length and athleticism to make plays on the defensive end like he does that is not as big of a slight.
With the ball Grant has shown the ability to make plays for others with his vision and passing. He is finding his teammates when attacking the rim at a high rate (14.1%), but not a high volume (1.9 per game) this year. Again, more of the system. Think back to Michael Carter-Williams last year.
As a scorer Grant is limited at this stage in his development. He is not a shooter and does not play to that weakness by only taking three shots from behind the arc this year. On the offensive end he scores inside off of penetration and activity off the ball.
Athletically there are very few prospects with the size, length, and play-making ability like Grant. He has great defensive potential as a weak-side shot-blocker and free safety that can switch to defend multiple positions. Shooting is a concern, but it is one of the more coachable elements of the professional game. Grant has the potential to be a Top 5-10 pick if he remains consistent.