'Nova it is for Grant

Malcolm Grant, the 6-foot-0, 170 pound point guard out of Brooklyn's (N.Y.) Paul Robeson School Of Business, announced at a news conference Tuesday that he will be headed to Villanova. Grant reopened his recruiting last month when the status of Seton Hall head coach Louis Orr became a question mark. Links to newspaper reports inside.

Malcolm Grant, who had verbally committed to Seton Hall and signed scholarship papers but not a National Letter of Intent, reversed his decision as Coach Louis Orr's status at the Hall stayed uncertain. The Norristown Times-Herald reports, "Seton Hall's unwillingness to give men's basketball coach Louis Orr a contract extension turned out to be Villanova's gain."

The top 25 Scout.com point guard told the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert, "We wanted to know he would be there. He's a really good man and I liked him. But I had to go where I knew what I was getting into. I knew I had to go where I would be happy."

Orr's status remains uncertain. Today's Newark Star-Ledger states that if his contract is not renewed, possible replacements include Manhattan's Bobby Gonzalez and Hofstra's Tom Pecorra. Ironically, Pecorra was elevated to the Pride's head coach job when Jay Wright took the job at Villanova. Both Villanova and Hofstra are still active in postseason play, in the NCAA sweet sixteen and the NIT elite eight, respectively.

Because of numbers, not academics, Grant will be spending a post-graduate prep school year before enrolling at the Philadelphia School in 2007-08 -- as reported yesterday by Scout.com's Jeff Goodman.

The return of Curtis Sumpter, who missed this past season with a knee injury, puts the Wildcats one over the scholarship limit of 13.

Grant told the New York Post's Dan Martin, "I need to get stronger and improve my game anyway, so it will work out for me. When I get there, I'll be ready right away."

Fellow New Yorker Antonio Pena is headed to the Wildcats from St. Thomas More (Conn.) next season. Bronx native Corey Fisher, a junior at St. Patrick's High School in N.J. already committed to 'Nova for the 2007-08 season. Oh, and Sumpter is a Brooklyn native.

The other fall signees are centers Casiem Drummond (NJ) and Andrew Ott and forwards Reggie Redding and Kraidon Woods, all three from Penna.

Other schools in the running were Miami (FL), St. John's, Syracuse and West Virginia. Immediate playing time obviously was not the deciding point.

Grant averaged 23 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game this season in PSAL play.

One question remains: which prep school?

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