Syracuse--Sophomore forward Jerami Grant has announced his intention to put his name in the 2014 NBA Draft.
"After extensive discussions with my family and coaches, I have decided to pursue my dream of playing professional basketball and enter the 2014 NBA Draft," Grant announced. "I am so thankful to coach Boeheim and the rest of the Orange coaching staff for guiding me throughout my college career, and am grateful to my teammates for two incredible seasons. I am excited to start my journey in the NBA, but I also look forward to finishing my college degree. I cannot thank my coaches, teammates and the entire Orange community enough for all of their support."
"We'd like to thank Jerami for his tremendous contribution to Syracuse Basketball over the last two years," said Coach Jim Boehein. "We wish him well in all of his future endeavors."
Grant started 20-of-32 games for the Orange in his second season. He averaged 12.1 points and a squad-leading 6.8 rebounds per game. He posted seven double-doubles, and finished eighth in the ACC in rebound average (7.2) and seventh in offensive rebound average (2.7). Grant helped the Orange reach the third round of the NCAA Tournament and finish 28-6 overall. Syracuse was ranked first for three straight weeks in the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN Polls.
He was named to the EA Sports Maui Invitational All-Tournament team after helping the Orange win the event. Grant had a career-high 24 points to go with 12 rebounds when Syracuse defeated Duke in overtime, 91-89. His top board effort of the season came against North Carolina State when he grabbed 14.
Grant played in all 40 games for Syracuse in 2012-13 and started nine of those contests. He averaged 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds for an Orange squad that reached the Final Four.