What Makes Jerian Grant So Good?


Notre Dame has been off to an impressive 12-1 start and have moved up to 16th in the latest AP poll. And a lot of this success has come from the play of senior guard Jerian Grant. We all knew that Grant was a terrific player and that would likely be displayed this season, but his performance has landed him on the player of the year board for many.

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Grant has shown all season long how versatile he really is. When facing their toughest opponent so far in Michigan State, Tom Izzo threw everything at him except the kitchen sink. One by one Grant made Izzo’s stomach turn as he had no answer to stop him.

What makes Grant so versatile is the fact that if you can somehow stop him with speed, he will use his high basketball IQ to position himself to make a move and power right through you. So say you find someone to guard Grant that is faster and stronger, you’re still going to struggle to stop him. Forget eyes in the back of his head, Grant has eyes in the sides of his head as well. His vision is perhaps one of his best attributes.

Grants vision allows him to always either find the open man and set himself up for an assist or when the ball is out of his hands it allows him to get in position to receive the ball. Grant leads the team in assists and is third in the country in assists/turnover ratio with an outstanding 4.8.

Grant is also on the verge of becoming the ACC points leader only behind Trevor Lacey by .2 PPG. Grant also leads the ACC in APG by .9 averaging 6.23 a game. Not only is he on his way to become player of the year in arguably the toughest conference but he’s also on the board early for National player of the year.