Gant Has Unique Niche As A Power Forward

L.A. Crenshaw senior-to-be Darnell Gant isn't your typical power forward.'s No. 86 prospect in the Class of 2007 says he's a unique kind of player with his own style. Plus, he fills us in on which Pac-10 school he thinks is trailing him hardest.

Darnell Gant is a power forward. Sort of.

The 6-foot-8 Crenshaw standout is more of a four-man than a true power forward. Armed with a jump shot and the height of an insider, Gant's comfort zone as a player extends much further than your typical big man.

"I tell people I got game inside," Gant said. "When I do my thing on the inside I like to bring it out. All of my game needs work and everything needs polishing. You never get to be the greatest until you work on your game and I'm not the greatest so I continue to work on my game."

Whether they admit it or not, most kids with Gant's height will dive down to the block when they need a hoop. Gant is different. There's another area on the court where he's comfortable. If he needs to score Gant is quick to point out how.

"I'm shooting the jumper. Most people don't like it because I'm 6-9 and I'm usually the big man on the floor but that's what I'm good at and that's what I'm going to do."

Make no mistake about it, Gant sees himself as a big man with big skills … as a perimeter shooter. That makes him very unique in a business where uniqueness can be a good thing.

The 2007 standout told that UCLA is chasing him harder than anyone right now. "They offered me a scholarship in November and I believe they've been talking to me ever since."

Washington and Oregon are in the mix. Gant says every Pac-10 team but Stanford have shown a degree of interest. He's been to UCLA and Southern Cal. He's torn on whether or not to commit early or ride it out.

"I want to take my visits but at the same time I want to sign early," Gant said. "I want to commit early and I still want to take my visits early to go out and see the campuses. You never know, you could change your mind. Something might happen with my grades, something might happen and my SAT score might not be good enough. You have to keep your options open."

Still, Gant said that "getting it out of the way" was important to him. He'd like to take care of the decision by the start of his senior year, a completely reasonable request given his suitors.

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