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Syracuse Has Its In-Home Visit Today With Hoops Stud Jerami Grant

Jerami Grant’s can’t seem to decide where he wants to go to college, and that may end up benefitting Syracuse. The hoops recruit, and son of former NBA’er Harvey Grant, considered schools from the Big 12, including his dad’s alma mater, Oklahoma. He’s also thought about staying home and playing for the Terps. His recruiting saga continues as The Washington Post reported just days ago that Grant’s decision was down to Rutgers and Maryland, but that story was immediately denied by Grant’s AAU coach, Keith Stevens.

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Now, the Terps are out and he’s added two other finalists along with the Scarlet Knights: Notre Dame and SU. The Irish may have the inside track – his brother attends ND. Grant has in-home visits scheduled with all three schools starting with Syracuse today, so he could make his decision within the next few weeks. He took an unofficial visit to CNY last month.

The Orange does not have a single player committed for the next class, meaning Grant’s recruitment takes on much greater significance. The ‘Cuse recently lost out on two top prospects, Jake Layman and Ricardo Ledo, and other top players have begun to commit elsewhere. At this time last year, The Per’fesser and Murphkins had their full recruiting class of Michael Carter Williams, Rakeem Christmas and Trevor Cooney already secured.

There are other players the Orange are after including local phenom DaJuan Coleman and Amile Jefferson of Philadelphia, but not having a single commitment this late in the game is a concern. Apparently, Syracuse is relying heavily on securing Coleman, but the Orange is going up against perhaps the best recruiter in the country for DC 2.0. Assuming you can beat John Calipari may not be wise. SU has been especially successful recruiting in the last few years, so it’s raised many eyebrows there are no players committed yet.

Getting Grant would be big. He fits the Syracuse prototype – long, athletic and can run the floor – all critical to play for Boeheim. Grant needs to develop more of an offensive game, but there is little doubt about his potential. While the Three Amigos should be taking over next season, you can never have enough talent and depth on the wing at Syracuse.

With RU and ND in the mix, Syracuse is competing for Grant with two league schools. While the three are usually competing for football recruits, it’s rare they all duel on the AAU circuit. Mike Rice seems to be turning the program in Piscataway around and the Orange doesn’t want to get in the habit of losing offseason basketball battles to RU. Notre Dame has sniped some big recruits from The Dougie recently and it would be nice to get a measure of revenge. More importantly, the Orange don’t want to see Grant in an opposing uniform within the Big East for the next four basketball seasons.

Ultimately, it will be Coleman who will make or break the Syracuse class for many fans and media, but securing a highly sought-after recruit like Grant would be a great kick-start to a slow recruiting season for the Orange.
Posted: Alex Plavin
The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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