Monday, June 24, 2013
Grandstaff gives Cowboys deep firepower
By Reggie Rankin
ESPN 60 shooting guard Austin Grandstaff (Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall) pledged to Oklahoma State Sunday night, giving the Cowboys their first commitment in the 2015 class.
But what does the move mean for Travis Ford and his team’s future? Let’s break down what Grandstaff, the nation’s No. 52 rising junior and an extremely skilled offensive player, will bring to Stillwater.
This four-star player goes about 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, so he already has the requisite size for a college guard. He’ll provide the Cowboys with an instant threat from the perimeter as Grandstaff has deep 3-point range whether it’s spotting up on the break, coming off screens, spacing on the side of dribble penetration or in catch-and-shoot situation from quick ball reversal. Grandstaff is a smart and crafty scorer deep in the lane and can torment opponents with his stop-and-pop midrange game as he easily shoots over smaller guards. He also has the size and strength to finish with touch and body control on the break.
He is a threat to shoot the deep jumper on the break in transition, which will apply relentless pressure to the defense. Passing is also a major strength of Grandstaff’s, who is excellent with the advance pass, the drop-off dime or in penetrate-and-kick situations. He has the basketball IQ and feel for the game to orchestrate the offense from the point if needed.
In the half-court set, Ford will be able to run Grandstaff of pin-down screens, staggers and in the two-man game as his defender isn’t likely to leave him due to his accuracy from deep. Against zone defenses, Grandstaff will make the defense pay for losing track of him as he moves around the court.
The future of the Oklahoma State perimeter is off to a great start with this Texas gunslinger that possess a quick and confident trigger.