Prep Guard's Got Game

April is a critical month in basketball recruiting because a coaching staff is likely putting the finishing touches on a current signing class while lining up prospects visits for the next.

Clearly those processes are interdependent since needs not answered in the former are left to be filled in the latter. Coaches are also weighing whether it's worth signing a lesser prospect to plug a gap in the short term, as opposed to waiting a year and, perhaps, procuring a premiere player.

One such player is prep school standout Keaton Grant, who could play the point, shooting guard or on the wing. Explosive, quick and a good ball handler with excellent shooting range, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Grant could be a vital component in UT's harem sacrum scheme. Grant is at his best in transition and finishes breaks with a flair.

Originally from Gateway High School in Kissimmee, Fla., Grant signed with Missouri last year, but didn't meet the standardized test levels required for enrollment. So he took a year to beef up his scores and add 10 months of seasoning at one of the more prominent basketball prep schools in the nation. Bridgeton Academy, located in Maine, finished 23-9 and No. 6 nationally among prep programs.

He has now reopened the recruiting process and is considering some attractive offers from Boston College. Purdue, Providence, St. John's, Virginia, Clemson and Tennessee. He is also being recruited by Washington, Miami, Illinois, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Missouri.

"Washington wants me to play the point guard position," he told's Mike Sullivan. "Other schools want me to play both backcourt positions. I like them both. I didn't think at first I would like playing point guard but I have."

Tennessee is interested in Grant playing either or both guard positions, and Grant is very interested in the Vols. He list UT, Boston College and Purdue as his current favorites. He visit the Boilermakers last weekend and is expected to visit Boston College and Tennessee sometime in April.

"It seems like an interesting place to visit," he said of Knoxville. "I don't know when but I am thinking about it.

"My coach is working on that right now. But I hope to take some soon."

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