Grant commits to UNC, will announce Wed.

<b>4:30 p.m.</b> -- Damion Grant, a 7-1, 245-pound senior center, made a verbal commitment to the North Carolina basketball program this afternoon, <i>IC</i>'s Zeke Martins reports. The press conference to announce the commitment will be Wednesday at Brewster Academy at 11:30 a.m. You can read all about the newest Tar Heel at <i>Inside Carolina</i>!

While he wouldn't come out and say it publicly as a courtesy to Louis Orr, Jamaican big man Damion Grant will announce his intentions to play at North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon.

The 7-1, 245-pound Brewster Academy (N.H.) senior still had yet to speak with his parents, who are in Jamaica, but he was scheduled to talk to them this morning at some point.

"I will have something on Wednesday, even if I don't speak to my parents before then," Grant said. "We'll probably have a little press conference."

Grant said he also wants to call and/or e-mail all the coaches who were recruiting him – including Orr, who is now at Seton Hall, but was one of the first to recruit him when he was at Siena - before the news gets out in the public domain. No time has been scheduled yet for the announcement, but Brewster has a 4:30 game on Wednesday, so it will likely take place prior to the game.

Grant raved about his visit to Chapel Hill last weekend. He felt comfortable despite the fact that most of the students were on winter break, mostly because his girlfriend is a freshman at UNC and she told him what to expect.

"It went great. The campus was beautiful even though there was a lot of snow," Grant said. "I did some research about the academics and 97 percent of the freshman get a 3.0 GPA or higher. That's very impressive. It shows I'll be surrounded by students who care about their academics."

Grant, who ended up taking a private jet to and from New Jersey last weekend, has a 3.0 GPA at Brewster and scored a 980 on the SAT.

While he wouldn't divulge that he will commit to UNC tomorrow, Grant did admit that it is officially down to North Carolina and Seton Hall.

Grant is averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game this season. He moved to the U.S. in 1998 and missed much of last season with a torn ACL he suffered in practice.

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