St. Ray's Star Grant Decides

Gavin Grant needed a few days to reach his decision. After an official visit last weekend, the small forward from St. Raymond's figured out what he wanted to do.

Gavin Grant, a small forward from Bronx (NY) St. Raymond's, committed to play for Herb Sendek and North Carolina State on Friday. The news comes days after he visited Raleigh and was hosted by a former St. Ray's standout, Julius Hodge.

"He wanted to play in the ACC," St. Raymond's head coach Oliver Antigua said. "I think he really was impressed with the following of basketball down there; it's a big deal. The coaching staff did a great job and coach Harris was instrumental in the whole deal and Herb did a great job with the mom in the home."

Grant also considered Pittsburgh before making his decision. Obviously, he hails from Hodge's former high school but Pittsburgh had a great connection too. Former Panther Orlando Antigua is on the coaching staff there and is the brother of the St. Ray's head coach.

"It was a well-thought out process and we exhausted all the possibilities and ran through it," Oliver Antigua said. "We put his commitment up to scrutiny and it held up throughout the process."

In picking the Wolfpack, Grant becomes the third player this year to do so. He's ranked No. 82 in TheInsidersHoops.com's Pre-Season Top 100. Cedric Simmons, the Pack's first commitment, checks in at No. 21. Toney Bethel is the third member of the class and he's sitting out with two years remaining after having transferred from Georgetown.

Overall, the Pack still has one scholarship remaining. They've added some versatility to their roster. With Bethel coming in having played two seasons of Big East basketball and Grant carrying the reputation of a multi-positional player who is no stranger to winning, it's been a good year. Simmons is one of the most improved players in the nation and had the Pack not locked him up early would have been a highly sought after big man.

With the Pack's remaining scholarship, they've targeted a number of players including Anthony Morrow, Alex Galindo, Marcel Jones and possibly Emmanuel Willis, a post-grad at Hargrave.


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