Grier favors Big East

Ask Terrance Grier why he settled on a prep year, and he'll tell you, in a word, exposure.

Ask Terrance Grier why he settled on a prep year, and he'll tell you, in a word, exposure. It wasn't that the explosive 5-foot-11, 190-pound lead guard from Cranford, New Jersey, didn't have offers out of high school, he did. But with a year at St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Connecticut, Grier is hoping to boost his profile, and hopes that some bigger programs take notice.

  "I'm going to prep school to improve my interest as far as bigger schools," said Grier. "I wanted to open up my recruitment to a higher level. I was told that (St. Thomas More coach) Jere Quinn would be the guy to go to because he knows all of the coaches."

  Quinn is considered one of the best teachers on the prep school level. He is a terrific coach and someone who has high standards for his players on and off the court. It's likely Grier will improve his overall game under Quinn in the next year.

   Coming out of Cranford High School, programs like Rutgers, St. Bonaventure, and East Carolina had extended offers. Some of those schools are still in the mix, on what is a diverse list. If Grier has a great summer, it's likely the Rutgers program will keep an eye on his year.

    "I had a lot of schools that were interested out of high school, like Auburn and Rutgers," said Grier. "Now I'm getting interest from Providence, St. Bonaventure, UNLV, Rhode Island, George Mason, James Madison, and South Florida."

     Grier is a guard with another gear. He's an athletic player who uses his explosiveness off the dribble to propel past defenders. Grier is a well put-together player with good strength. The aspect of his game that he's been working most on is his shooting.

    "(I've been working on) Jumpshots," said Grier. "Shooting 300 jumpshots a day. I've also been lifting, jumping rope. Little things like that."    Terrance does favor one conference. "If I made my pick, it'd probably be the Big East," said Grier. "I think they're going to be the toughest conference this year. I think I'd fit in pretty well in the Big East."

  Grier could be right about the Big East. With the addition of such schools like Cincinnati and Louisville, the Big East will likely be the most competitive conference over the next decade.

    Grier had previously visited Seton Hall and Rutgers unofficially, but he still has all five of his official visits to use. Terrance will run with the Playaz Club Black team this month, making stops at the Playaz Ball at Seton Hall as well as Las Vegas.

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