Mar 26, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Jerian Grant (22) reacts during the second half against the Wichita State Shockers in the semifinals of the midwest regional of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
What The Experts Say:
"Even if Grant plays more like a mixture of his last two years at Notre Dame than his first two, he figures to have a productive career as a backup. Players with his well-rounded skill set have tended to be low-risk NBA picks. – Kevin Pelton, ESPN"
What The Player Says:
"As a player I feel like I’m someone who can make my teammates better, someone who can make plays for the whole team, make the whole team better as a whole both offensively and defensively. – Jerian Grant"
What BTBP Says:
The nephew of Michael Jordan’s championship winning teammate Horace Grant, Jerian perhaps has a greater insight into the NBA than many other prospects have at this stage of the process.
On top of that, and much more importantly though, Grant also knows how to play.
Grant is a 6’5″ point guard who knows how to pass, knows how to score, and whose instincts generally show him to be a shrewd decision-maker on both ends of the floor.
The 22-year-old senior out of Notre Dame also has great leap and explosion which should allow him to make plays as a pro that aren’t your run of the mill point guard output.
Where better for him to fall to than Dallas then? The Mavericks took a risk on Rajon Rondo that backfired and have very little else behind him that seems capable of running an offense into the future, so that position now has to be an area of priority this summer.
Rami Michail from The Smoking Cuban stressed the need for the Mavs to draft a point guard, and feels Grant could be a good fit:
"It’s a broken record, but year after year Dallas needs a point guard. Grant has great size for the position. He’s also a great playmaker and passer, but lacks consistent range from deep (a Rick Carlisle must)."
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