|Jerami Grant gets on well with his teammates.|Jerami Grant
, Syracuse, Sophmore, 6'8 210lbs
2013/14 stats: 31.4 mpg, 12.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.6 bpg, 1.2 TOpg, 2.3 fpg, 49.6% FG, 0% 3PT, 67.4% FT
Grant fell down boards, despite his athletic prowess, on account of not having one go-to facet of his game. His biggest virtue is looking the part - very athletic, long and wiry strong, he has what would be an ideal small forward's body type. But as it is, he's a power forward through and through.
Grant is a very poor shooter who also displays little handle on the ball. He has body control and likes a spin move, but the ball doesn't always come with him when he performs it. A long way short of being a small forward, Grant is not even close to being a regularly effective face-up power forward at this stage. Nor indeed are his skills as a traditional paint power forward all that much more advanced. Grant rarely posts and looks unready when he does, and offensively is a finisher at best.
What he does however bring are the unmissable physical tools, and an idea of how to use them regardless of the limitations of his skill set. Grant runs the floor on offense and finishes well at the rim, and also cuts to the rim in timely fashion to finish without having to handle too much. He can sneak through gaps with great body control, and also can do the one or two dribbles necessary to get to the rim past slow or overplaying defenders, where again he can finish explosively. The defensive end is the one where he is set to thrive - disruptive and committed, Grant can stay in front of wing players and does a fairly good job of bodying up opposing power forwards like himself. He needs some more weight, but that will come.
Grant looks a pro, and surely will be. There's a long way to go yet, but then again, what's the rush?