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Posted on: September 16, 2011 6:53 pm

Syracuse lands commitment from Jerami Grant

By Jeff Borzello

The last month of Jerami Grant’s recruitment had been a roller coaster. He was rumored to have trimmed his list to Maryland and Rutgers, and then a new list of Rutgers, Notre Dame and Syracuse was released.

Throughout it all, though, sources close to the situation continued to say Syracuse was squarely in the mix – and even in front for Grant’s services.

On Friday, Grant justified all the Syracuse talk by announcing his commitment to the Orange.

Team Takeover coach Keith Stevens confirmed the news to

Grant, a 6-foot-7 forward from DeMatha (Md.) and the son of former NBA veteran Harvey Grant, chose Syracuse over Big East rivals Notre Dame and Syracuse. The high schooler is also the younger brother of Jerian Grant, a sophomore at Notre Dame, and Jerai Grant, who just finished his career at Clemson.

On the court, Grant made a name for himself over the past couple of years. He is long and athletic, and improved his passing and ball-handling skills. He is a menace in the mid-range, using his ability to attack the rim and knock down jumpers to create matchup problems. His length should be an asset in Syracuse’s zone defense.

Grant is ranked No. 49 in’s Top 100.


Posted on: August 3, 2011 3:25 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 8:02 pm

Notebook: Chris Davenport stands out in Orlando

By Jeff Borzello

The magic of the July live period is the prospects one finds when watching someone else.

The Florida Rams Black team is home to top-20 point guard Kasey Hill, as well as stock-risers Landry Nnoko and Dillon Graham. In Orlando, though, the player who stood out to some onlookers was Chris Davenport.

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A junior from Montverde Academy (Fla.), Davenport is a 6-foot-7 combo forward who is explosive off the floor and has a wide-ranging skill set. He can make plays in a variety of ways. While best-suited for the wing, Davenport is not afraid to mix it up in the paint and can play the power forward spot in a smaller lineup.

“I want to show coaches my talent and make players around me better,” he said. “I’ve played good so far. I’m rebounding the ball, playing in transition.”

It turns out colleges have already been turned onto Davenport.

He holds offers from Florida State, Clemson and South Florida, with interest coming from Georgia Tech, Penn State and UCF.

“I’m keeping it open, I like them all so far,” Davenport said.

He’s still at least a year from making a decision, but Davenport is looking to be successful at the next level – both on and off the court.

“Great education,” he said. “And a program with a good coaching staff that is dedicated to winning.”

Sanjay Lumpkin stays within himself

With the bright lights of Las Vegas and the staring eyes of big-time coaches following a prospect’s every move, many players start to do too much.

Sanjay Lumpkin went the opposite route: he tried to ignore the coaches in the bleachers.

“I want to play as if no coaches are watching, not let it affect me,” Lumpkin said. “It’s not about individually showing off. Coaches didn’t come to see you do that.”

Lumpkin, a 6-foot-6 guard from Benilde-Saint Margaret (Minn.), is a difficult match-up due to his size and ball-handling ability. He is long and can finish around the rim, while also able to initiate offense for teammates.

He holds offers from Northwestern and Richmond, with interest from Stanford, Colorado and Washington State.

Lumpkin is looking to make a decision in the near future.

“I’m looking for a place to play my game, a place where I fit well in the system,” he said.

Lights-out gunner pops for George Mason

Team Takeover (D.C.) guard Patrick Holloway committed to George Mason, choosing the Patriots over Saint Joseph’s, Kent State, George Washington and Delaware.

Holloway, a 6-foot-1 shooter from Paul VI (Va.), is lights-out from behind the arc.

“My family and I really liked the coaching staff and the experience they have,” he said. “It was a good distance from home and my family can be a part of this experience. Also, they are looked at to be a top team.”

News and Notes: Louis Dabney, a 6-foot-3 guard from Riverside Academy (La.), popped for Tulane on Tuesday . . . UC-Riverside picked up a commitment from Dayton Boddie, a 6-foot-3 guard from El Camino High School (Calif.) . . . Western Carolina picked up two commitments this week: Rhett Harrelson and Justin Browning, both from Alabama . . . Tuesday afternoon, Hofstra hosted 2012 prospects Jimmy Hall and Maurice Watson . . . Top-25 2013 wing Brannen Greene visited Louisville on Wednesday . . . Four-star senior Jerami Grant, from DeMatha (Md.), took a trip to Syracuse. Word on the street is the Orange could be the leader for Grant . . . C.J. Jones, from Meanstreets (Ill.), committed to Manhattan Monday night . . . Indianapolis guard Mike Ramey committed to Ball State . . . After nabbing Zac Irvin on Sunday, Michigan got another 2013 commitment, as top-75 guard Derrick Walton pledged to the Wolverines.

Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:19 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 1:29 pm

Notebook: Jerami Grant starts to stand out

By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Jerami Grant has been overshadowed for much of his basketball career. Besides being the younger son of Harvey Grant and younger brother of former Clemson forward Jerai Grant, Jerami has always played second fiddle at DeMatha (Md.) and on the AAU circuit with Team Takeover.

That all changed this spring, though, as Grant played a major role in leading Takeover to an undefeated record in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.

“My confident has shot up,” Grant said. “I had no other choice. My coaches had been telling me I had to play like that.”

The 6-foot-7 small forward is long and athletic, and he has improved his passing and ball-handling skills. Throw in his ability to knock down jumpers and attack the rim, and Grant is become more and more difficult to defend.

“I bring mismatches to the table,” he said. “I’m a playmaker.”

While being the son of an 11-year NBA veteran might add some pressure, Grant said having someone who has made it to the NBA giving advice is a huge asset.

“It definitely helps because my dad is a guy that pushes you,” he said. “Even if I played good, there’s always something I can improve.”

In terms of recruiting, Grant is hearing from Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia, Georgetown, Clemson and Rutgers.

“I’m visiting Syracuse sometime soon,” he said.

Grant, who likes Virginia Tech, NC State and Syracuse right now, said he wants to decide before his senior season.

Robert Upshaw looks to improve

Robert Upshaw was one of the most impressive players at the NBPA Camp in the workouts. He has plenty of post moves and a soft touch in his jump hook.

The 6-foot-11 big man from San Joaquin Memorial (Calif.) struggled at times to bring his whole repertoire into the games, though, and he was visibly frustrated.

“Coach [Tony] Allen and Coach [Michael] Peck talked to me,” Upshaw said. “They said, ‘Cut the bull out, just work 100 percent. If you don’t score, but get a rebound or a block at the other end, it’s all good.”

Upshaw has a simple goal for the rest of the summer: “I want to be a beast.”

While he doesn’t talk much about recruiting, he did say he took a visit to UCLA.

Ricardo Gathers has four standing out

Ricardo Gathers is a physical specimen. If he showed up at a football camp, no one would bat an eye.

For now, though, Gathers is doing just fine on the hardwood.

“I want to prove I’m just as good as they are,” he said.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Riverside Academy (La.) has four schools at the top of his list: St. John’s, Texas, Arizona and LSU. Other schools in the mix include Baylor, Oregon, California and Syracuse.

Gathers plans on visiting Arizona in August, and he also wants to see Oregon and Syracuse.

A.J. Hammons determined to make an impression

A.J. Hammons has had a wild ride around the rankings in the class of 2012. He was once considered one of the top big men in the class, but injuries and sitting out hindered his reputation.

This summer, Hammons is looking to show everyone he is still the player he once was.

“I need to get back in shape,” he said. “I took off too long.”

Several schools are courting the 6-foot-10 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) big man, including Texas, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Purdue and Maryland.

“I want to come in and play,” Hammons said. “I don’t have to start, but I want to play.”

Mitch McGary remains mum on school list

Despite being the fastest-rising player in the country, Mitch McGary isn’t talking much about potential schools.

“I’m not at liberty to discuss schools right now,” McGary said.

The 6-foot-10 Brewster Academy (N.H.) product did take trips to Maryland, Connecticut and Kansas recently, though.

Commitment Catch-up

-- Former Texas Tech commit Mervyn Lindsay signed a grant-in-aid agreement Wednesday night with Kansas.

-- 2013 guard Jalen James went to the Illinois team camp Wednesday with his high school, Hope Academy (Ill.). While there, Fighting Illini coach Bruce Weber offered James a scholarship, and James quickly committed.


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