Grant learning, enjoying senior season

North Smithfield, R.I. - Even a frustrated Damion Grant, coming off a game in which he didn't score – or even attempt a shot, was able to smile.

That's because Grant's Brewster Academy (N.H.) club ended up on the winning side of its game against the Basketball Academy (Fla.) on Saturday at the National Prep Invitational.

"It was very frustrating because you want to go out there and score," the 7-foot senior said. "Especially because a lot of people have been saying I have no offense."

"As long as we got the "W", I don't mind sacrificing," added Grant, who grabbed five boards in the win.

But Grant only played about 12 minutes in the victory, primarily because the Florida school was built around quick guards.

"It was just a guard-oriented game," Brewster coach Jason Smith said. "It was 48-43 at halftime and was all about 3's."

Grant was tentative in the first half, but after a halftime talk with Smith, he came out early and was more aggressive.

"We isolated him a couple teams right away to start the second half on the block and he got fouled twice," Smith added. "But neither were while he was shooting, so he didn't go to the line."

Grant said that he hasn't had too many problems with opposing players and trash-talking since he made his commitment to North Carolina – except with one particular player.

"When we played Milford Academy, Eric Davis (Seton Hall) was talking a lot – a ton of trash," Grant said. "I never talk back. I just smile. It's funny to me."

Grant is looking forward to getting to Chapel Hill to help bring the program back to where it was.

"I can't wait to be part of the tradition," he said. "We're going to try and do whatever it takes to win games and bring North Carolina back to where it was, because Carolina deserves to be on top."


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