Marquette Adds Midwest Big Man

Tom Crean has his first commitment of the year. Brighton (MI) High's Chris Grimm, a center for the Michigan Mustangs, announced on Saturday that he would attend Marquette. Grimm averaged 16 points a game last year and is a big-time student-athlete.

Marquette Nails Down Big Man

Big men are at a premium this year and now Marquette has one. Brighton center Chris Grimm announced on Saturday that one day he'd play center in Conference USA.

"I made a visit down there June 19 and I really liked the coaching staff and loved the campus," Grimm said. I just thought it was an opportunity too good to pass up."

Grimm received plenty of interest from programs not just in the Midwest, but also across the country. Stanford, Boston College, Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan and Michigan State expressed an interest in him and had planned on taking in a lot of his games in July. Marquette, to its credit, moved fast and made sure Grimm was off the market before the July frenzy began.

"Tom Crean is a great coach and I believe Marquette has some great things going on with the university and the basketball program right now. I think [Crean] can take it to where it needs to go."

Grimm said the coaching staff played a huge role in his early decision. "It really was the coaching staff. I felt really comfortable around them and it felt right."

Last year, Grimm averaged 16.8 points and 11.4 rebounds to go along with 4 blocks. Grimm had one game this year where he had 38 points and 22 rebounds. At Marquette, he'll be expected to do a number of things. "They said I'll be a center and they need me to come in and shoot the mid-range jumpshot," Grimm said. "Kind of like a versatile big guy, not just setting picks but getting involved in the offense."

This summer, Grimm will play at the adidas ABCD Camp and also with the Michigan Mustangs.

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