All the Buzz on Gavin Grant

Coach Herb Sendek added Gavin Grant (6'7" SF St. Raymond's) as the latest verbal from the class of 2004 for the Wolfpack. Gavin will sign his letter of intent in the spring to attend NC State.

Gavin Grant is the second commitment for NC State from the class of 2004 and the third recruit overall. Grant joins a recruiting class that includes 6-9 Cedric Simmons, a McDonald's All-America candidate from Shallotte, and 6-2 Georgetown transfer Tony Bethel.

StateFans did a quick search to see what the buzz is on Grant. We thought we would share what we found:

Grant was Second Team All-Bronx Team, and The Insiders has him listed as the 82nd best player and the 8th best Small Forward in the class of 2004.

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Profile: He has a huge upside considering he just started playing organized ball in 8th grade. He is a 6'4 SF and can knock down the shot out to 17 feet. He has the ability to get to the basket and has a great bankshot similar to Tim Duncan. Gavin candle the rock, block shots and grab rebounds. The only drawback to his game is once the ball gets in his hands its not coming out of his hands. Many people compare him to Julius Hodge, since they are both tall and skinny and can handle the ball, but they actually don't play the same in that Gavin does not take 3's.

Gregg Doyel * Charlotte Observer
9/13/2003-Grant, a 6-7 wing from St. Raymond's in the Bronx, is a rangy player with polished perimeter skills a la three current Wolfpack players: 6-6 Julius Hodge, 6-8 Marcus Melvin and 6-8 Levi Watkins.

Coach Oliver Antigua * News & Observer
9/13/2003-"The thing that is often overlooked is that Gavin can play defense on anybody. He is a very versatile player and a great defender. Gavin may be a better athlete. Julius is the better shooter right now, but both of them play hard. There were a lot of factors in the decision. Playing in the ACC was part of it, but he really liked the coaches and players at State. He felt it was a family atmosphere."

Dave Telep * TheInsidersHoops.Com
7/24/03- When his team rolled up a serious halftime lead, he kind of put it in cruise control. Then, as the game tightened in the second half he went to work. From rebounding to blocking shots he stayed active. On the offensive end he went into attack mode and insured his team the win over the Southern Cal All-Stars.

Phil Kasiecki * Hoopville
4/03-Grant has a lot of guard skills for his size and may even be too unselfish at times... Grant looks like he could have some untapped potential as a result of his unselfishness, but he won't be faulted for being team-oriented.

Big Apple Sports
9/13/03-Grant averaged 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in just 21 minutes a game last season for the CHSAA City Champions. He was named to the All-Bronx second team by both the New York Daily News and Newsday.


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