New Leader Emerges For Grant

Malcolm Grant had a plan and now he's got a new one. The Robeson point guard, once committed to Seton Hall, has altered his agenda. It'll likely be another season before Grant hits the Big East hardwood and in another uniform.

Once there was a hint of an opening the race was on to see who could procure a commitment from Malcolm Grant, a 6-foot- point guard out of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Robeson. The standout guard committed to the Seton Hall Pirates but did not sign early.

When you commit, let the deadline pass and don't sign, whispers are bound to be heard. Soon enough, word hit the streets that Grant was open again and he began the process of sifting through inquiries.

Now, Grant feels like he's got a strong list of schools – Villanova, St. John's and Miami – that have made it clear they want him. "By March 1 I should know where I'm going to go," Grant told

The guard has already been on the campuses of St. John's and Villanova. Miami, the school he says he wants to visit officially, is the lone program he hasn't seen up close.

If the process were to end today, Grant would be back in the Big East but with another team. Jay Wright and the Wildcats have moved into a position of strength. "Villanova (leads)," Grant said. "I just love the way Jay Wright coaches. He's playing four guards and he lets his guys go. I like his relationship with his players."

OK, so we've got a leader and a time frame for a decision now it gets a tad trickier. Grant isn't going to college next season. "Most likely I'm going to go to prep school for a year but I'm going to commit to where I'm going to go (first)."

The grand plan is to commit to a college, pick a prep school and show up on campus in the fall of 2007. The 20-plus point a game scorer would be a nice addition at any time in the calendar but he sounds committed to taking a year at a prep school.

"The most important thing to me is that I go to a top school and we're going to national exposure, I can play my game and we'll get a lot of minutes. I want to help my team whatever I need to do to win."

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