Scouting Report: Jerian Grant

Jerian Grant is a point guard for the University of Notre Dame. Grant stands at 6’5. For the season, he is averaging 37.1 minutes per game, 16.5 points per game, 6.7 assists per game, 3.0 rebounds per game, 1.7 steals per game while shooting 47.8% from the field, and 31.6% from three.

Pros:

  • Confident ball handler
  • Good court vision
  • Capable of using both hands to finish
  • Good speed burst
  • Has patience to allow for plays to develop
  • Draws foul often
  • Above-average free throw shooter(78% for the year)
  • Great pick-and-roll guy
  • Long-range shooting threat
  • Uses length to disrupt passing lanes

Cons:

  • Does not use length and strength the attack the boards
  • Average defender
  • Needs to become more fluid in horizontal movement
  • Needs to be more consistent with three point shot

Overall:

Grant is a good leader who has the ability to run your offense at any speed you’d like and not miss a beat. He is unselfish and has good vision to find his teammates. Grant also possesses great patience to allow for plays to develop and does not rush things. For his scoring, Grant prefers to run pick-and-rolls to allow for him to drive and get to the rim where he can finish in a multitude of ways or pull-up and hit a three. Grant also has the range to hurt you from deep; he just needs to find some more consistency. Defensively, Grant has great length which he uses to disrupt passing lanes and get fast-break points. On-ball defense is where Grant thrives as he uses his length to swallow up his opponent and not give him an easy shot. Off-ball and perimeter defense is not Grant’s strong suit as he does not have good horizontal movement and struggles to catch up. With his length, you would think Grant would average more rebounds put he rarely crashes the boards which luckily can be taught better at the professional level so this is not a huge flaw to worry about it. Grant’s value is very high after this past season and his tournament performances. Some mocks have him in the top ten as of right now and others have him as a late teen-early twenties pick. Grant would do best with the Houston Rockets as they could use a cheaper replacement for Patrick Beverly who hits free agency to upcoming summer.

Pro Comparison:

Jeff Teague

Teague is your quintessential pick-and-roll point guard. Teams always struggle guarding the Hawk’s pick-and-rolls due to Teague’s ability to knock down threes if you cut under the screen or his ability to use his athleticism to get to the rim much like what Grant can do. When driving to the rim, both players know how to use their bodies to draw contact and get to the line. Both players are very team orientated players and rarely become selfish with the ball, which allows for both of their teams to run an efficient offense that is hard for opponents to guard. Both Teague and Grant can struggle with consistency with their shots, but for a majority of the time their shots do fall. Defensively both players and not stars on that end of the court but when they put their minds to it they can be a menace. Although Teague is not viewed as a star by many he is a hidden star for the Atlanta Hawks who use him to hold their team together and he was recognized for this work this past year in the All-Star game. Grant should develop into the same category of a player as a Teague and might sneak into a few All-Star games himself.

By: Mac Crowe @Mac_Truck17

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