Grant announces his commitment to Carolina

Damion Grant announced today his commitment to North Carolina. The 7-1, 245-pound center from Wolfeboro (N.H.) held an 11:30 a.m. press conference at the school to make the commitment public.

"The playing situation that is available to me and the development opportunities as a basketball player as well as the academic atmosphere all weighed heavily in my choice," Grant said today. "I have been researching the academics, and a high percent of the freshmen get a 3.0 GPA or higher. That's very impressive. That definitely shows that students are concerned with their academics and that's a good environment to be in."

Grant has a 3.0 GPA and scored 980 on the SAT.

Grant has been heavily recruited by top Division I schools since he arrived at Brewster in the fall. Other schools Grant was considering include Seton Hall University, Kansas University, University of Kentucky, University of West Virginia, University of Pittsburgh, The Ohio State University, and Florida State University.

The 19-year-old center is a native of Jamaica who has only been playing organized basketball for two years. Grant graduated from Newport Prep last year with an offer to play for Seton Hall University but turned it down to complete a postgraduate year at Brewster Academy. "I wanted another year of playing experience, which I knew I needed," he explained. "I wanted to be more well rounded regarding both basketball and academics. I thought another year focusing on basketball and academics would open up more opportunities for me as far as colleges were concerned."

"I'm thankful for the opportunities I have here at Brewster and for Coach Smith for taking the time to work with me," Grant said. "I've had no other coach who has taken the time to work with me as an individual player, and Coach Smith has given me the confidence that I can do it and be successful. I really appreciate his confidence in me."

Grant also expressed thanks to his parents, Stanford and Rosemarie Grant, who live in Hope Bay, Portland, Jamaica. "I want to thank my parents for allowing me to explore opportunities and to pursue my basketball dreams."

Regarding his decision, Grant said: "It's like a weight off my chest, and now I can concentrate on playing basketball, developing my game, and finishing off the school year."

Brewster Academy Communications contributed to this report.

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