Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
DeMatha Catholic forward Jerami Grant is down to half a dozen schools and could pull the trigger any time now.
“I just got off the phone with his father, Harvey, and they want to make a decision here in the next week to 10 days,” DeMatha coach Mike Jones told SNY.tv. “He doesn’t want it to go past the first week of September.
Jones said Rutgers, Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Oklahoma are in the mix, with Texas having “just” been removed.
Jones said the 6-foot-7 Grant is eyeing a pro career like his father and uncle Horace, and wants a college that can prepare him for that.
“He’s definitely got pro potential,” Jones said. “Wherever he decides to go, he wants a coaching staff that’s proven in preparing players for the next level. He needs to get stronger and tighten up his perimeter skills to be able to play after college, but that’s what he’s looking for now.”
Jones said Rutgers, where Grant recently visited, is “definitely in the mix.”
“He definitely knows coach [David] Cox there from his D.C. ties and he has a lot of great things to say about Coach [Mike] Rice,” Jones added. “They’re very much in the mix and if he decides to go there, it will be a great situation.”
Jones said Grant likely won’t take any more visits, except possibly locally to Maryland, before deciding.
“I don’t think he’s going anywhere at this point,” Jones said. “At this point it’s just him figuring out what he wants to do.”
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.
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