K. Grady Leads the Way for East Grand Rapids

Michigan's newest basketball commitment, Kelvin Grady of East Grand Rapids High School, showed grit and tenacity as he fought through an injury to help his team hold off a hard charging Lowell, and hang on for a 54-51 win on Jan. 31. GoBlueWolverine.com took in the game, and scouted the newest Wolverine. Photos included.

Point guard Kelvin Grady of East Grand Rapids, Mich., High School announced on Jan. 30 that he would attend Michigan as a two-sport athlete. During his first year he would play basketball, after which he would join his brother, Wolverine freshman running back Kevin Grady, on the football team. "I talked to coach (Lloyd) Carr and he said I could be a Steve Breaston-type player," Kelvin told GoBlueWolverine.com at his announcement press conference. "Special teams, and I'll be thrown in a little at running back; he's recruiting me as an athlete to come in and play all over."

The next night Grady's EGR Pioneers traveled to Lowell High School to square up against the Red Arrows. In a game not many expected to be close, Lowell erased a 17-point halftime deficit, and briefly took the lead late in the second half, only to fall 54-51.

EGR head coach Ed Crisman told GBW before the game that his team was hobbled. 6-foot-8 junior center Justin Anyijong was returning from a week-long suspension. Junior wing DeMarcus Grady - Kelvin's cousin - was out with a slight concussion. And a high ankle sprain that was heavily taped slowed Kelvin.

Even with the banged up team, EGR took control of the game early, with Kelvin Grady leading the way at point guard. His 15 first half points were tops for the Pioneers, who took a 37-30 lead in to the halftime locker room. Grady can shoot from anywhere on the court, but after a shot from the three-point range in which he missed everything, a fact the Lowell student section reminded him with chants of "airball", Grady proceeded to nail four-straight three pointers.

However, the Red Arrows were far from finished and came out in the second half with a different game plan. "We knew we couldn't run with these guys," Lowell head coach Jim McDonald said. "So we came out and really slowed it down."

Slow it down they did, holding Grady to four points in the second half as clawed back to take a 45-44 lead with 2:57 remaining in the game. They couldn't hold on, and eventually fell 54-51. "We made some silly mistakes and didn't play our type of game," Crisman said.

It was apparent the ankle injury was having an affect on Grady. His movements were limited, and he showed none of the spring he is known for. At 5-foot-10, he can dunk the ball, according to his father, but never got close during the game. He does show a nice touch on his shot, and is definitely the team leader. He handles the ball well and can change direction quickly. His passing is crisp, and EGR depended solely on him to bring the ball up court all game.

After the game he told GBW he finally told his brother he would be joining him at Michigan. "He was real happy about that," Kelvin said.

Kevin Senior said his son was a quick learner, and that fact would be the main factor in his son being able to play both basketball and football at Michigan. "That's the one thing about Kelvin, he picks things up in a hurry," Grady Senior said. "If he can pick up the system for basketball as quickly as I think he can, then he'll be able to come in after football season and jump right in."

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