Former Syracuse forward Jerami Grant was the second Orange player selected in the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday. After two seasons at the college level, Grant will continue his basketball career with the Philadelphia 76ers who selected him in the second round with the 39th pick of the draft.
Grant was projected by nearly everyone to be a first round selection. His inconsistent jumper and lack of a pure position were two reasons he slipped into the second round. However, his elite athleticism had him pegged by some as a potential lottery pick early in the draft process.
Now, Grant has his professional career in his hands with an opportunity to impress a team that is stockpiling young talent. There is an opportunity in Philadelphia, who could use a wing scorer to help the team take the next step. It will take time, but Grant has the ability to be a steal in the second round if he develops.
During his sophomore season, Grant averaged 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
The 6-foot-8 forward joins former Syracuse teammate Michael Carter-Williams in Philly who had an eventful night himself as the subject of trade rumors. Both are with the 76ers now, however, and will reunite in the hopes of turning that franchise around.