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Brooklyn native Malcolm Grant has chosen to play at Miami after recently asking for his release from Villanova.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Grant played at Paul Robeson High and then Winchendon (Mass.) Prep for one season, but did not receive the playing time he was hoping for under Villanova head coach Jay Wright.
Grant averaged 5.6 points and 1.4 assists in 29 games at Villanova, but saw his minutes decline after scoring a season-high 23 points in a loss against Rutgers.
Grant chose Miami, the first school to recruit him, over Vanderbilt, Michigan, UMass, Butler and VCU.
“Miami was the first school to call me and they met with him and we thought that was the best fit for him,” said Robeson coach Todd Myles.
Myles said he thinks Grant will come back after a year off as per NCAA regulations and have a big year.
“I think Malcolm is a big-time player,” Myles said. “I coached him for a while. Going to a new school, sometimes a guy can either have a breakout year after sitting out or they can get upset and get down on themselves.
“He’s going to do what he has to do and work hard on the court and let this situation motivate him and have a great year after sitting out.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.