Weekend report on Damion Grant

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Rob Matera, of the All Star Report, was on the Seton Hall campus for the East Coast Jamboree this weekend to watch committed Tar Heel Damion Grant, the senior center at Brewster Academy (N.H.)

On Saturday, Grant recorded nine points, six rebounds and nine blocks in Brewster's 73-64 win over Philadelphia (PA) Celestial Prep.


Sunday, vs. Milford Academy
Milford 72, Brewster 66
Grant: 2 pts., 7 reb., 5 blk

Primary matchups were against 6-9, 215-pound senior Eric Davis (Seton Hall) and 6-9, 240-pound junior Lamont Hamilton.

Grant has great size at 6-11, 245 and runs well (Rob thinks Grant is an inch or two shorter than his listed 7-1). One of his most noticeable characteristics is his ability to get off the floor. He's a big time leaper for his height and weight. In the first half of today's game he was unproductive overall. In the second half he was much more assertive defensively and on the glass. He played hard only in spurts.

Grant's a very good shot-blocker who has the ability to defend the post as well as step out and challenge opposing players who face the basket. He has long arms. He does a good job moving his feet and staying in front of players attempting to dribble around him. He's better at defending big guys who attempt to challenge him than smaller players driving the lane. However, defense is the strongest aspect of his game.

He only took two shots (converting one 8' jumper from the baseline) so it's hard to grade his moves in the post and shooting touch. His hands are suspect. He dropped several interior passes in the first half and early in the second, and his teammates seemed to shy away from feeding him the ball at crunch time late in the game. Could be bad hands, or simply not being ready to receive the passes coming his way. Either way, it is a cause for concern.

He's not a great rebounder yet. Grant is strong enough, but is often caught out of position with his arms down. He doesn't get many offensive boards, and therefore lets many opportunities for easy baskets escape.

At North Carolina, I think Grant will be a good practice player who should be able to initially provide spot minutes as a defensive stopper. Down the road, he should become a very solid rebounder/defender. He's still very raw, but with his athleticism and coordination it's not a stretch to imagine him becoming a serviceable offensive player after a couple years in college.

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