Jerian Grant’s Season in Review
With Notre Dame’s terrific season ended, this squad has nothing to hang their heads about. The Irish came into this season unranked, they were predicted to finish seventh in the ACC, and were given a three seed in the tournament after winning the ACC tournament. It took until the start of the second half of the Midwest regional finals for people to start realizing that this ND team was actually kind of good.
A lot of this seasons success was due in part from Senior guard Jerian Grant. Grant missed the latter part of last years season after some academic issues. When this season started many Irish fans took to social media with #TheReturn but of course it didn’t mean much since Notre Dame Basketball doesn’t receive much national coverage.
If anyone believed in this team, it was Jerian Grant who was out on a mission all year long. Grant did it all this season and there’s probably not a college basketball fan that wasn’t impressed with his play this year. So lets look back and see what Grant has done in his final season with the Irish.
He’s a Shooting Guard who knows how to shoot! Grant has a 47.8 field goal percentage. That was good enough for second place in the ACC and 16th in the nation among guards. Grant shot as hot as 80% for two games. The most recent on against Miami where he scored 23 points in a 75-70 win back in January. Jerian scored as high as 27 points and only fail four times to get into double digits. Two of Notre Dame’s six losses came in those four games, showing just how valuable he is.
He did so much more then just scoring this season, Grant proved to be one of the best passers in the league as well. With 6.7 assists per game, Grant led the ACC by .8 APG. He was also seventh best in the nation in APG. This is what allowed ND to become one of the best three point shooting teams in the country.
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It’s not all about offense with Jerian Grant. 63 steals this season was also good enough for second in the ACC. His fast hands and versatile body control made him not only a nightmare to guard, but to be guarded by as well.
It seems as if Grant gained the respect of every single coach he faced this season. With coaches like Jim Boeheim saying you’re one of the best all around players he’s seen, and calling you the most valuable player in the league, that’s saying something.
Grant was a finalist for: the Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year.
He received Honors for: USBWA First-Team All American, ACC Tournament MVP, ACC Tournament First-Team, First-Team All-ACC, and ACC All-Defensive Team.