During the 2008-09 campaign, Gant said he averaged around 13 to 14 points and 8 rebounds. He shot an impressive 78% from the line and 50% from behind the arc (on 18 attempts). In three games this season, Gant is averaging 15 points and 9.7 rebounds.
Next summer, Gant intends to return to Jim Reamer's Spiece Select AAU team. Gant's AAU teammates include other Miami RedHawk 2011 recruiting targets from the Hoosier state: 6'5" SF Zac VanDeWater (S. Whitley Whitko H.S.), 6'5" 2G Kendall Griffin (Avon H.S.) and 6'8" PF Tyler Greathouse (Columbus North H.S.). Many may recall that Coach Reamer's Spiece Select program produced current Miami sophomore forward Julian Mavunga.
Although early into his junior year, Gant already has seven scholarship offers from NCAA Division I schools. Gant said the schools that have offered him are Miami-OH, Southern Illinois, Indiana State, Iowa, Evansville, Bradley, and Rice. Gant mentioned Michigan, Butler, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Stanford are also showing interest. In previous Scout.com features, it was mentioned that Minnesota, Indiana, Xavier, and Purdue were also interested.
Gant intends to sit down with his family in the upcoming weeks and narrow it down to 5 schools.
Gant has made unofficial visits to four schools. Michigan and Notre Dame have had him visit for football games. He has also visited SIU and Miami. He said of all four schools: "They are all great schools, I like the coaches, and they have good basketball."
Gant is a looking for a school that has "a playing style where (he) can be successful and help the team." The school must have good coaching and academics. He also wants a school that has the program in which he wishes to major.
Academically, Gant has a 3.4 GPA and is leaning toward majoring in business. He currently takes business classes in high school.
On his visit to Miami, he toured the new business school. Gant said of the school, "It was really nice. The building was really nice. The classrooms used all the new technology."
The business school was not all that Gant appreciated about the Oxford, Ohio campus. Gant said of his campus tour, "It was beautiful, I liked it. I was taken to the arena (Millett Hall) and it looked like a fun place to play. Then I was taken to the coaches' offices and shown a video of campus." Gant said it was a school he could see himself attending.
Although his father Michael Gant works with commuter students for nearby Indiana State, Gant says that does not necessarily mean he is a lock for the Sycamores. Gant said "it is not a huge advantage" and he does not mind traveling some distance to college.
The standout described his game as similar to Derrick Brown of NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. Gant explained, "I play inside and out. I will be a 3/4 in college, but play 4/5 in high school. I like to take big guys to the perimeter and use my speed. For small guys, I take them to the post." Gant is working on getting stronger, heavier, and wants to improve his 3 point shot even further.
Outside of basketball, Gant and his family have a "strong faith in Christ. Not only does the Gant family attend church every Sunday, but Gant also participates in youth group every Wednesday. Gant also works with his church to help his community.
Stay tuned to RedHawk Insider as we follow Justin Gant in the future.
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