Dec. 8, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Just nine games into the 2014-15 campaign, University of Notre Dame senior guard Jerian Grant has left little doubt about his value to the Fighting Irish basketball men’s program.
The Bowie, Maryland native tops the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring (19.0 ppg.) and assists (6.44) this season. Following one of the best two-game stretches of his career in which he averaged 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals and shot 53.6 percent (15-28) from the field, Grant shared ACC Co-Player of the Week honors with Virginia junior Justin Anderson. The league’s weekly honors are chosen each Monday by a 17-person voting panel.
Tyus Jones of Duke was selected as the ACC Rookie of the Week.
Grant has helped the Irish to an 8-1 start and No. 25 spot in the most recent Associate Press ranking. In Notre Dame’s win over 19th/18th-ranked Michigan State (79-78 in overtime) on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Grant scored a career-high 27 points, connecting on seven-of-11 shots from the field and playing all 45 minutes of the contest. He also grabbed four rebounds, dished off six assists and made three steals.
Three nights following the victory over the Spartans, Grant helped lead Notre Dame to a 75-57 win over Fairleigh Dickinson by finishing with 15 points (hitting six-of-11 from the field), seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. It marked the ninth time this season and 11th consecutive game dating back to the 2013-14 campaign that he has scored in in double figures.
Overall, Grant is shooting 57.7 percent (60-104) from the field and, 36.2 percent (17-47) from three-point range and 79.1 percent (34-43) from the charity stripe. He also has topped the 20-point mark in four of Notre Dame’s last six contests. In the last six games for Irish, Grant has averaged 22.7 points. He also has dished off eight or more assists in four contests.
Currently, averaging 33.9 minutes per game, Grant has dished off 58 assists and committed only 13 turnovers. He ranks in the top 15 nationally in six different categories — assists (ninth with 57), assist-to-turnover ratio (12th at 4.5), total points (13th with 171), field goals made (13th with 60) and assists per game (14th at 6.3).
“Jerian Grant simply has been fabulous for us this season,” 15th-year Irish head coach Mike Brey says. “He has been a complete, all-around player at both ends of the floor. Jerian has let the game come to him. He hasn’t forced a lot of shots and been patient when he has struggled early on in a game. I love his demeanor and the way he is helping lead this team right now.”
Heading into Tuesday night’s contest with Mount St. Mary’s, Grant needs just five assists to become the sixth player in the 110-year history of the program to score 1,000 points and dish off 500 assists. In 90 career games played (88 starts), he has 1,282 points and 495 assists.
As a team, Notre Dame ranks first nationally in field goal percentage at 55.8 percent (273-489) and also is featured nationally in the top 10 in six other categories.
Grant’s selection marks the fourth time a Notre Dame player has garnered ACC weekly accolades. Last season, former Irish guard Eric Atkins copped player-of-the-week honors twice, while current Irish sophomore Steve Vasturia was selected as the ACC rookie of the week on one occasion.
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