Historic Clemson Photos #27 - Horace Grant

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Horace Grant in the mid-80s as the Tigers take on Wake Forest at Littlejohn.

In 1999 Horace Grant was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame and the CU Athletic
web site had this summary:

Basketball, 1983-87

Coming out of high school in tiny Sparta, GA in 1983 was a slender forward named Horace Grant, aptly nicknamed "Slim" thanks to his 6-9, 187-pound frame. It was easy for many-a-college coach to overlook Grant, as he was recruited by just two schools...Clemson and Georgia Southern. But Tiger Coach Bill Foster saw a diamond in the rough. Foster didn't tell a sole about Grant, or his identical twin brother, Harvey, for the fear of other schools discovering him.

"Horace was one of the last sleepers," recalls Foster. "We got him not to tell anyone about Clemson."

After a freshman season that saw Grant average 5.7 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game, Harvey departed, but Horace stayed and averaged 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

"Horace just kept getting better and better," says Foster. "He was very team oriented. I knew from day one that he was going to be a great player. If you had a team full of players like him, you could coach for 100 years."

Grant stepped up his game as a junior, averaging 16.4 points a game and 10.5 rebounds. But Grant emerged as a star his senior season, winning the conference "Triple Crown," the first by an ACC player (points, field goal percentage, and rebounding). He averaged 21.0 points and 9.6 rebounds a game, along with shooting 65.6 percent from the field to
help him win the ACC Player-of-the-Year Award, first by a Tiger. He led Clemson to its finest season up to that point with a 25-6 record.

In a game at Virginia his senior season, Clemson trailed 90-87 with 10 seconds remaining. Grant, who had never attempted a three-pointer, trailed the play and spotted up for a game-tying three-pointer. In storybook fashion, Grant made the shot with four seconds remaining. Clemson went on to win 94-90.

"That was one of the best comebacks I've been associated with," recalls former Tiger Coach Cliff Ellis. "We had a lot of close wins that year and a major reason was we had Horace to look to down the stretch. He was a leader and a player who never gave up and that's why he has been a very successful player in the NBA."

Grant, who was the 10th overall pick in the '87 draft, went on to be a part of the Chicago Bull's dynasty. He played power forward in Chicago from 1987-94, a total of seven seasons. After his rookie season, Grant averaged at least 12 points a game and eight rebounds a game for the Bulls for six straight seasons. He helped the franchise win three
NBA Championships in a row from 1991-93, also becoming the first Tiger to win a ring. Grant, 34, also personified hard work on defense, as he has been an NBA All-Defensive Team selection four times.

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