Grantham Shows Cool Under Pressure

Donte Grantham stood at the free throw line with just a minute to go, and the West Virginia State AAA Championship on the line.

Grantham's Martinsburg Bulldogs led by two, but were trying to hold off a desperate (Beckley) Woodrow Wilson rally that had cut the lead down to a single hoop from a double-digit deficit. Despite all the pressure, not to mention ear-splitting yells from the Beckley crowd, Grantham calmly drained both to give the 'Dogs the breathing room they needed to claim the West Virginia Class AAA state championship.

Grantham not only scored (20 points) and rebounded (17), but he did so without forcing shots or trying to do too much. Although Martinsburg doesn't feed him the ball on the block, he stays composed, and doesn't hunt for shooting opportunities. He passes the ball extremely well, sees the floor like a guard, and handles the ball very well for a player of his height. His composed play helped keep Martinsburg on an even keel as Beckley rallied, and his ball movement, passing and dribbling were key factors in breaking the Beckley press.

Grantham has an offer from Clemson, and is awaiting one from West Virginia. In this interview, he discusses his emotions at the free throw line in those last moments, as well as his feelings following the state championship. He also laid out his next steps in the recruiting process.



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