Recruiting Notebook: Donte Grantham weighing options
Donte Grantham weighs options, while Leron Black continues to hear from plenty of high-level schools.
PITTSBURGH -- The spring evaluation period is a chance for seniors to get any last offers before making a decision, or a chance for juniors to gain some momentum heading into the summer.
For Donte Grantham, he’s not sure what his goal is just yet.
“I’m just going to play the live periods and make my decision,” Grantham said.
See, Grantham is a 6-foot-7 wing from Martinsburg (W.Va.) who recently finished his senior season. He’s long and talented, with the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter or make plays at the rim in transition.
Staying in his home state seemed to be the goal throughout his high school career, but the offer never came from West Virginia Mountaineers -- until a couple of weeks ago, when the Mountaineers extended one Grantham’s way.
Now that he has the offer, Grantham isn’t ready to commit.
While Grantham was the state Player of the Year and led Martinsburg to the state championship, his recent stellar play has brought other schools into the mix. The thought is that Grantham could decide to do a year at a prep school and reclassify into 2014.
“I don’t know,” he said. “Me and my mom are still talking about it. If I stay in ’14, it will be better for me. I’ll get stronger and smarter as a player.”
West Virginia Mountaineers and Marshall Thundering Herd have offered for 2013, with Cincinnati Bearcats , Clemson Tigers , Wake Forest Demon Deacons , Maryland Terrapins , Xavier Musketeers , Villanova Wildcats and Georgetown Hoyas all showing varying levels of interest.
Playing for DC Assault this past weekend at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest, Grantham posed as a matchup problem for several opponents.
“I’m working on my wing game,” he said. “In high school, I play the big man. I want to be more aggressive to the hole, looking for my shot. I’m from West Virginia; the competition isn’t up to that level. And there’s good competition here.”
Expect a decision one way or another in the coming weeks from Grantham.
Despite injury, Leron Black still a prime target
Leron Black was expected to be one of the main attractions at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest over the weekend, but an ankle injury earlier this month forced him to the bench the entire event.
“We’re judging from week to week,” said Norton Hurd, Black’s AAU coach with Team Thad (Tenn.). “He’s going through rehab and things like that. It’s like a game-time decision. He’s going to keep rehabbing, and then see how practice goes.”
Black, a 6-foot-7 forward from White Station (Tenn.), is ranked No. 17 in the 247 Sports Composite rankings. Ever since decommitting from Baylor Bears in early January, Black has been one of the most hotly-recruited players in the country.
This week, Black has home visits from Florida Gators , Ohio State Buckeyes , Kansas Jayhawks , Connecticut Huskies and NC State Wolfpack .
John Calipari and Kentucky Wildcats called last week and said they planned on seeing Black at some point during the evaluation period -- if he’s healthy. Duke Blue Devils is showing interest, too.
“He’s had everybody on him,” Hurd said.
-- Team Charlotte made a nice run over the weekend, and much of that is credited to super athlete James Demery. He holds offers from Virginia Tech Hokies , Charlotte 49ers and East Carolina Pirates , with Cincinnati, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets , Tennessee Volunteers , Xavier, Arkansas Razorbacks and South Carolina Gamecocks also in the mix.
-- Team Thad forward Marcanvis Hymon is hearing from plenty of SEC schools, as well as Cincinnati and Memphis Tigers .
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