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JERAMI GRANT & ANTHONY BENNETT CONTINUE GREAT SPRINGS AT NBA TOP 100 CAMP
By Ron Bailey
June 18, 2011 – Yesterday the action picked up even still at the National Basketball Association’s Top 100 Camp. With BIG EAST prospects in abundance, it wasn’t hard catching up to a few.
Anthony Bennett – 6’7”, 230 lb senior F, Findlay (NV) – Hailing from Toronto, over the course of two years being in the States Bennett has been involved in a transformation of sorts. The change is clearly continuing and successful.
“That’s what I’m trying to do, because when I was in Canada, I was like the tallest person so they put me down low” shared the Toronto native when asked if he is in fact migrating to the perimeter. “When I came out here (America), everybody is the same height as me, if not taller, so I had to develop my game to a three-man (small forward) and take my player off the wing.”
He’s done that in NBAPA play, attacking the tin hard, finishing similarly. He also has been solid in pick and roll situations, battled inside, rebounded against everyone, and stepped up to defensive challenges. The only thing he really hasn’t demonstrated frequently is deep outside shooting and top notch ball handling.
As the camp has progressed, Bennett’s confidence seems to have increased: “Yes, because like, the first couple of games I was just trying to get into the groove. So I was just getting familiar with my teammates, so I just kicked it out to them. This game, I thought like ‘The shot is open I’ll take it and stuff’ and I’m confident in my shot too”.
BIG EAST schools such as Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, West Virginia and Georgetown, along with Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Oregon State, UNLV, Xavier, and as he said “a lot of others” have expressed recruiting interest, including a number of offers. Expect a decision “late next year”.
What does he think of the B-EAST?
“The BIG EAST is a tough conference, you have to go up against tough competition every game and stuff” opined Bennett of the league. He also believes coaching in the league to be top notch.
Jerami Grant, 6’8”, 190 lb, senior F, DeMatha Catholic (MD) – Sometimes life calls for adjustments; you have to roll with the punches so to speak. Jerami Grant has done just that in NBAPA Top 100 action.
“It’s like a new experience. You can’t always play like you want to” said the son of former NBA player Horace Grant of his NBAPA play. “But you can always have to get everybody else involved. Everybody is so good; you have to let other people score when they want to score or if they can score.”
Specifically, this year’s Top 100 is loaded with both guards and big men, at times leaving the wings to almost fend for themselves, particularly in pick and roll sets. Grant replied “Definitely” when asked if he agreed with that assessment, continuing “Point guards, they have the ball almost every possession, setting screens for each other and big men setting screens and posting up. So like the wings have to get almost all their points off of rebounds.” Accordingly, early on Grant was feeling his way.
Athletic, bouncy and long, Grant, nicknamed “Moo-Moo”, loves to slash, where he frequently finishes, something that will increase with greater strength; getting stronger is a recognized point of needed development. Jerami can also stroke the three ball and increasingly defends and rebounds more proficiently. His handle, while solid attacking the rim, is being improved in the open floor and under pressure.
Recently, Syracuse has jumped on him, to which he noted “They contacted me yesterday, Coach (Jim) Boeheim and Coach Red (Autry). And yeah, I’m looking at them”. The Orange have offered, along with Georgetown, Notre Dame, Rutgers – all obviously B-EAST schools – along with “UVA, V-Tech, NC State, Maryland.” The Terps hosted him unofficially recently.
What does he think of that team which protects the Carrier Dome?
“It definitely feels like I’ll fit” he replied, “since I’m a long wing. And since they do a lot of good things with people like me”.
His other suitors should not despair though, Grant is wide open recruiting-wise.