Grant Needs Family OK Before Committing to UNC

After a weekend visit to Chapel Hill, all that stands in the way of Damion Grant committing to North Carolina is his parents' approval.

The 7-foot Jamaican will announce his decision on Wednesday, according to Brewster Academy coach Jason Smith. No time has been scheduled yet.

According to sources close to the North Carolina program and close to Grant, the big man told the staff that he wanted to play in Chapel Hill -- but that he needed to speak to his family and Smith before making it official.

Grant, whose girlfriend attends UNC, returned to New Jersey, where he stayed on winter break, before preparing to go back to Brewster tonight. Grant was set to speak with his family this morning and then will sit down with Smith tonight before making it official.

"He absolutely loved the campus and said that even though the students weren't on campus, he got a pretty good feel of what it meant to be a part of the North Carolina basketball family," Smith said. "He really liked the fact that it was such a college town."

Grant is a much-needed big man that would help complete a stellar UNC recruiting class which already includes Raymond Felton, Rashad McCants and Sean May. McCants, who helped lure May to Chapel Hill, was trying to do the same this past weekend with Grant.

"Damion was on his visit to North Carolina when I stopped in so I got to talk to him and he seemed like he liked it," McCants said.

The 245-pound Grant, who is averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game this season, will choose North Carolina over Seton Hall. Pirates coach Louis Orr was one of the first to recruit Grant while he was coaching at Siena. Grant had also mentioned Kentucky and LSU as possibilities, but he told IC last month that it was basically down to UNC and Seton Hall.

Grant moved to the U.S. in 1998 and has attended a few different high schools. He missed most of last season with a torn ACL, but has bounced back from the injury and is slowly developing his offensive game.

As recently as a month ago, Grant was unsure whether he could make an impact as a freshman in the ACC. But strong performances against some of the top prep schools in the country have boosted his confidence and now he feels as though he can contribute immediately on the defensive end -- and that his low-post moves will come in time.

Grant's biggest asset is his athleticism. He runs the floor extremely well for a player his size and the mellow big man has already qualified with a 3.0 GPA and a 980 on the SAT.

(Zeke Martins contributed to this report.)

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