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Saturday / January 19.
  • Jerami Grant Playing Through Back Injury

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    At 6-foot-8, 193 pounds, Jerami Grant is one of the top power forwards in the Class of 2012.

    The DeMatha (Md.) Catholic big man is competing at the Kevin Durant Nike Skills Academy in Chicago, but he’s playing through a back injury.

    On June 21, Grant was competing in The Rock Summer League in the Washington, D.C., area when an an opponent undercut him while he was trying to dunk off an alley oop. According to The Washington Post, Grant was taken from the gym on a stretcher.

    “I went to the hospital,” Grant said Tuesday by phone. “I injured my back, so I came down here not 100 percent but I just tried to played through it.”

    He added: “I’m still kind of injured. I’m about to go back home, try to get a little bit of that rest.”

    As far as colleges, Grant listed Miami, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Syracuse, Rutgers, Clemson and Maryland.

    “There are a couple schools that’s showing me a lot [of love] more than the other ones, probably Virginia Tech, Syracuse and N.C. State,” he said.

    Grant, the son of 11-year NBA veteran Harvey Grant, has taken unofficials to Virginia Tech and N.C. State.

    “I’m going to try to cut my list down towards the end of the summer,” he said, “and take probably around four visits and then commit at the end of the summer going into the school year.”

    (Photo courtesy Washington Post)

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    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.