Tuesday, April 30, 2013
2013 F Grantham mulling college vs. prep
By Adam Finkelstein
While the vast majority of the recruiting world is now focused on the 2014 prospects class and beyond, there are a number of programs still looking to add a final piece or two to their incoming class.
For those programs, Donte Grantham (Martinsburg, W.Va./Martinsburg) was one of the most important prospects at this weekend’s Philadelphia Jam Fest. After his first game Friday, it was clear Grantham was a legit prospect at the BCS level. What was less clear is why he was still available. Was he a late bloomer or was this a rare recruiting secret in today’s age of instant information and social media?
“I think I’ve been good,” Grantham told me Friday night. “I just live in West Virginia so I just haven’t gotten the exposure.”
The home state Mountaineers became the first high-major program to offer him earlier this week, and Grantham reportedly came close to popping for Bob Huggins in recent weeks. He also nearly pledged to Shaka Smart and VCU.
Instead, Grantham opted to join D.C. Assault for one last trip on the grassroots circuit. Now, after two highly successful weekends, he’s once again considering his options and mulling a move into the prep ranks and a spot in the Class of 2014.
“I’m still considering college but prep school has become really big in my mind,” he said. “I’ll probably decide next week because this is the last event that I can play [in front of college coaches].”
If he chooses to go to college, he said he’s likely to choose between West Virginia, Marshall and George Mason, although it’s hard to dismiss the presence of new Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan. The Scarlet Knights have a number of spots to fill in their incoming class and, of course, have D.C. Assault connections with Jordan having coached the program last spring during a brief hiatus from the NBA.
Whether it’s in 2013 or 2014, Grantham is a player with all the tools and talent necessary to be successful at the highest levels.
Listed at 6-foot-8, Grantham is a high-level athlete with an equally high motor. He plays above the rim to catch lobs and finish drives, went into traffic to rebound above the pack and earned his team extra possessions by chasing down loose balls.
He’s still a bit of a work in progress from a skill standpoint, but does show some very clear potential. He handled the ball effectively this weekend, showed very good passing instincts and developing range that was capable of stretching out to the 3-point line.
Put it all together and what you have is a late blooming talent with a chip on his shoulder. And as he proved this weekend, that’s a recipe for a very productive basketball player.