Second Generation Star Has Interest in IU

Jerai Grant has flown a little bit under the radar durign the recruiting season, but that hasn't kept Indiana from showing plenty of interest. The 6-9, 215-pounder talks about the Hoosiers' efforts with him, and his interest in playing for Coach Kelvin Sampson...

Indianapolis, Ind. – The Hoosier basketball staff is keeping an eye on a blossoming prep talent who also happens to be the son of a former NBA standout.

Of course, the most well-known second-generation basketball standout who participated in the recently-completed Nike All-America Camp was guard Jeffrey Jordan, the 6-1, 170-pound son of Michael Jordan. There was also Ralph Sampson III, the son of the former Houston Rocket with the same name.

But it's Jerai Grant, the son of former first-round NBA first-round pick Harvey Grant, that has caught the Hoosiers' attention.

"They've been showing me a lot of love," Grant said during the Nike All-America camp. "I really like that. Coach (Rob) Senderoff has been the one recruiting me. I'm going to show them as much love as I can, too."

Jerai is a 6-9, 215-pound power forward from prep powerhouse DeMatha H.S. in Hyattsville, Md., where he averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 blocks as a junior. He did that on a 34-1 team that also featured a pair of Division I signees in Virginia Tech-bound Nigel Munson and soon-to-be Georgetown Hoya Austin Freeman.

The depth of DeMatha H.S., coupled with Grant's preference to work on his game at his D.C. area home instead of showcasing it on a weekly basis on the AAU circuit, has kept him from emerging as a top-100 recruit according to most recruit rankings, but that hasn't kept Indiana and others from taking notice. He made an unofficial visit to Marquette last weekend, and he said he'd like to visit Temple, Dayton and Indiana. There's also an interest in Clemson, the school where his father started his college career and his uncle, Horace Grant, starred.

Like his father, Jerai is a rangy forward who runs the floor well, can block shots and uses his athleticism to create problems for less mobile big men on both ends of the floor.

"I think my best attribute is my quickness," Grant said. "A lot of big guys don't have that. As for what I'm working on, I want to improve in all areas, but the biggest thing is probably to get stronger at this point."

That quickness came in handy earlier this spring when Jerai made a trip to California for spring break, where he matched up with his uncle, Harvey, for a game of one-on-one. While the 17-year NBA veteran and four-time NBA champion was one of the people who was instrumental in Jerai's development, the youngster didn't take it easy on his well known uncle.

"He's put on some pounds, so it wasn't that hard to take him to the rim," Jerai joked. "I think it was a little humbling for him. He jokes about it all the time, but I know inside it was getting to him."

Horace is likely now convinced of Jerai's credentials as a high-major recruit, and more programs figure to do the same. With his recruiting interest on the rise, Jerai is comforted by the fact his father has been helping him sort through his options.

"My dad has been helping me every step of the way," Jerai said. "Whether it's basketball or not, he's going to be there for me. I'm trying to soak up all the knowledge he has."

One of the things his father has stressed is to not get too enamored with any school too quickly.

"Probably the biggest piece of advice he gives me is to visit the schools first," Jerai said. "He also wants to be there with me when I visit the schools too. Basically, he says just to be careful." Top Stories