Jerami Grant’s AAU coach tells The Fizz SU is getting a kid who matches up well with some of the Orange greats and Adrian Autry was a huge part of it. Last week Syracuse finally secured the athletic 6-6 wing from Dematha High School in Washington D.C. as its first commitment of the ’12 class.
The Fizz noted before his in-home visit how¬†crucial the commitment was for Coach Boeheim and his staff. Grant had narrowed his final three to Syracuse, Rutgers and Notre Dame before eventually choosing the Orange. Back in July The Fizz included Grant in SU’s summer recruiting wish list. Coach Keith Stevens of Grant‚Äôs AAU Team Takeover tells The Fizz the¬†SU coaching staff‚Äôs track record was a big reason why.
‚ÄúI think it was multiple things. One, I think he just felt comfortable with the coaching staff. He had a great relationship with Coach Boeheim and Adrian Autry who did a great job of recruiting him and his family. Secondly, knowing that they‚Äôve had a lot of success with guys that are similar to him in the past; guys like Donte Greene, Wes Johnson, and Kris Joseph guys of that nature, so it just made him feel comfortable like those guys can help him get to the level he‚Äôs trying to get to one day.‚Äù
Perhaps the most significant fact to take away from Stevens is that Autry was so critical in Grant‚Äôs recruitment. Also important is the DC pipeline is alive and well. Losing that connection was a major concern when Rob Murphy left, but Autry‚Äôs AAU roots proved to be a crucial factor in Grant‚Äôs recruitment. Autry coached Grant‚Äôs older brother for the Team Takeover program before moving on to Virginia Tech. Jerami has followed that pipeline to Syracuse, and Stevens doesn’t mind throwing out some star-worthy names in comparison.
‚ÄúI think he‚Äôs his own unique player. I think he has a body structure like Donte, he‚Äôs athletic like Wes Johnson, and at the same time he‚Äôs a matchup problem like Carmelo. He‚Äôs a kid that once he puts it all together there‚Äôs no limit to how good he can be.‚Äù
Those are some big names to compare any recruit to, but the similarities are there. Grant‚Äôs body type and skill set seem to fit perfectly into the system that¬†allowed Donte, Wes, and Melo¬†to become¬†stars.
‚ÄúOne of the main defenses we ran was that Syracuse 2-3 zone so he‚Äôll come in a bit ahead of the game as far as knowing the right spots to be at the right time and making the proper reads in that zone. With his versatility he can get the ball off the backboard and push it to start the break and make plays for himself and his teammates.‚Äù
Grant will have a lot to live up to following names like Carmelo and Donte, but Stevens believes his potential is that high if he puts in the work. Usually players labeled with ‚Äúupside‚Äù take a while to develop as college players, but with experience in a similar system and coming from one of the best high school programs in the country that may not be the case for Grant.
‚ÄúNo, it won‚Äôt take him any time. ¬†They‚Äôll be able to give him minutes as a freshman and he‚Äôll be able to fit in right away and be productive.‚Äù
For more on Grant’s commitment and to hear the full interview with Coach Stevens, tune in to Orange Fizz Radio on The Score 1260 this Saturday at 9 am.
Posted: Steve Neikam