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Overview: Lone frontcourt senior for the Tigers in 2010-11, he has shown tremendous progress since he stepped on campus in the summer of fact, has been the recipient of Clemson's Most Improved Award each of the last two seasons...posted double figures in the scoring column 12 times as a junior, seven more than he had in his career entering the 2009-10 season...long, athletic player who does a good job of using that to his advantage...has shown an ability to grab offensive rebounds and block shots...eighth in Clemson history with 119 career blocks, despite playing an average of just 14.5 minutes per game during his first three seasons with the program...has an ability to finish strong around the rim, as evidenced by his 63 percent plus shooting efforts each of the past two seasons...has improved scoring and rebounding averages each season since enrolling at Clemson...earned Clemson's Field Goal Percentage Award as a junior...possesses outstanding bloodlines, as his father Harvey was a standout for the University of Oklahoma after two years at Clemson in the early 1980s and his uncle, Horace, was an All-American for the Tigers in 1986-87...both his father and uncle enjoyed long careers in the NBA...came to Clemson from DeMatha Catholic High School, one of the top basketball schools in the country...younger brother, Jerian, signed to play basketball at Notre Dame beginning in the fall of 2010.
In 2009-10: Played in all but one game and started 29 of the 32 contests at the center position...fifth on the team with average of 7.2 points per game...second on the squad with 4.7 rebounds per game...posted better statistics in regular season ACC play, however, with 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per outing...led team with 63 percent field goal accuracy, he hit 65 percent in league play...led team in blocked shots with 54 and was second in ACC regular season play with 1.9 blocks per game...collected 75 offensive rebounds, second-best on the team behind first-team All-ACC forward Trevor Booker...increased steal total as a junior, grabbing 25 on the season after totaling just 22 his previous two years combined...had a blocked shot every 11.6 minutes of play, top figure on the team by far...posted 12 double-figure scoring games as a junior, easily his high figure for a single season...led the team with 42 dunks, a testament to his ability to finish strong around the rim...continued his strong play at Littlejohn Coliseum, where he converted 71 percent of his field goal attempts...second on the team with three double-doubles on the season, two were versus ACC foes and the other was against rival South Carolina.
Best Games of 2009-10: Top game of his career was in a home win against Maryland, he posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds...hit 7-11 field goals versus the Terrapins and added four blocked shots...followed that with another double-double, this time with 11 points and career-high 15 rebounds at Virginia Tech...also blocked four shots against the Hokies...first career double-double was in Dec. 6 win over South Carolina with 12 points and 11 rebounds...tied career high by scoring 18 points in home win over Virginia, hitting 8-9 field goal attempts...scored 12 points and added six rebounds in season finale against Missouri...posted 10 points on 5-6 shooting in home win over Georgia Tech...tallied 13 points, including a 7-8 performance at the free throw stripe, versus Miami...added nine rebounds and two blocks against the Hurricanes...scored 11 points and added three steals at Duke...scored 11 points and blocked three shots, including a potential go-ahead field goal attempt in the final seconds, of Clemson's win at NC State...hit 6-7 field goals and totaled 12 points at Boston College...scored 11 versus Winthrop and 12 against College of Charleston, hitting all six of his field goal tries against the Cougars.
In 2008-09: Played in all 32 games with one starting assignment...averaged 14.6 minutes of playing time per contest...averaged 4.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 blocked shots per game...ranked first on the team in field goal accuracy at 64.4 percent, however Trevor Booker led the ACC in the category because Grant did not meet the minimum number of made field goals...made 58-90 shots on the season...increased his field goal shooting from 46.3 percent as a freshman to 64.4 as a sophomore...increased his free throw shooting from 37.5 percent as a freshman to 64.7 as a sophomore...totaled 56 offensive rebounds, fourth-best on the team...had 45 blocked shots, second-best on the team behind Booker...ranked among the top 10 in the ACC in blocks per game...had a blocked shot every 10.4 minutes, the ninth-best per-minute figures in school history...posted five double figure scoring games...tallied 20 dunks on the season, third-best on the team...consistent performer, he averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in the ACC regular season...shot 58 percent in ACC games and an astounding 72 percent in home games...shot 73 percent from the charity stripe during conference play.
Best Games of 2008-09: Posted a career-high 14 points on 4-4 field goals and 6-7 free throws against East Carolina...added six rebounds against the Pirates...hit 5-5 shots and totaled 11 points and five caroms against Presbyterian...made all four of his field goal attempts and scored 10 points in home win over Georgia Tech...did the same against Maryland, where he added four rebounds in 16 active minutes...tallied 10 points in home win over Virginia, where he made 4-5 shots and 2-2 free throws...most memorable performance may have been against #3 Duke on Feb. 4...made 4-5 shots, including a pair of dunks, in Clemson's rout of the Blue Devils...posted eight points, seven rebounds, and five blocked shots against Savannah State...had seven points and three blocks in win over SC State...scored nine points on 4-6 shooting at Miami, while also contributing five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks...blocked career-high five shots at North Carolina, including several shots by Tar Heel All-American Tyler Hansbrough...had five points, three boards, and three blocks at home against Virginia Tech...posted six points and two blocked shots at Wake Forest and earned his first career start in the ACC Tournament game against Georgia Tech...posted five offensive rebounds and three blocked shots in NCAA Tournament game with Michigan.
In 2007-08: Played in 30 games and averaged 8.3 minutes per contest as a first-year freshman...for the season averaged 2.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game...ranked sixth on the team with 39 offensive rebounds, meaning he had a team-best ratio of one offensive board per every 6.4 minutes played...ranked in a tie for third on the team with 20 blocked shots...played in the first 18 games of the season, then sat out the Wake Forest win after suffering a rib injury the previous game at Duke...played double figure minutes in 14 games, with a season-high of 17 in the Dec. 29 game against Samford...had at least one blocked shot in half of his games played (15).
Best Games of 2007-08: Top game of the season was against Gardner-Webb on Nov. 24, when he totaled nine points and nine rebounds in just 15 minutes of play...had eight offensive rebounds in that game, which tied for a single-game high for Clemson in the 2007-08 season...posted five points and hit 3-3 free throws in road win at Mississippi State...had two blocks and two steals against Furman...posted two points, four rebounds, and two blocks versus South Carolina...scored nine points and added five rebounds against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez...posted four points and six rebounds (five offensive) in home win over Samford...grabbed five rebounds and blocked a pair of shots in 10 minutes of play at Miami...tallied four points, three offensive rebounds, and two blocks in home win over Georgia Tech...scored seven points on 3-3 field goals and 1-2 free throws at Florida State...scored six points on three consecutive dunks in ACC Tournament win over Boston College.
In High School: Listed as one of the nation's top 150 prospects by and Hoopmasters...first-team All-Metropolitan selection by the Washington Post...earned All-WCAC honors as a senior...averaged a double-double, with 11 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks per game in 2006-07...his best all-around game was in the St.Louis KMOX Shootout when he had 19 points and 21 rebounds...led DeMatha Catholic High School to three straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) titles...had a double-double in the Capital Classic All-Star Game with 11 points and 10 rebounds...fellow Tiger signee Terrence Oglesby played against him in that event...also participated in the Charm City Challenge in Baltimore, MD...averaged 10 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks per game on a team that went 34-1 his junior year...his team was ranked #4 in the country by USA Today his junior year...coached by Mike Jones at DeMatha...chose Clemson over NC State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Marquette, and DePaul...born January 10, 1989...majoring in English.

Grant Career Statistics

Grant Career Highs
Points: 18 vs. Maryland, 1/31/10; 18 vs. Virginia, 2/20/10
Field Goals Made: 8 vs. Virginia, 2/20/10
Field Goal Attempts: 11 vs. South Carolina, 12/6/09; 11 vs. Maryland, 1/31/10
Field Goal %: (1.000, 6-6) vs. College of Charleston, 12/19/09
Free Throws Made: 7 vs. Miami, 2/13/10
Free Throw Attempts: 8 vs. Winthrop, 11/23/09; 8 vs. Miami, 2/13/10
Rebounds: 15 vs. Virginia Tech, 2/6/10
Offensive Rebounds: 8 vs. Gardner-Webb, 11/24/07
Assists: 2 vs. many (3), last vs. Boston College, 1/26/10
Blocked Shots: 5 vs. many (3), last vs. Western Carolina, 12/22/09
Steals: 3 vs. Duke, 1/3/10; 3 vs. Wake Forest, 3/7/10
Minutes: 32 vs. Maryland, 1/31/10; 32 vs. Virginia Tech, 2/6/10

*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide


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