Arizona basketball signee snapshot: Grant Jerrettby Anthony Gimino on Nov. 16, 2011, under Arizona basketball
Lutheran High School, La Verne, Calif.
–Grant Jerrett committed to Arizona last Nov. 27, helping to jump start what would become the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class. His high school coach is Eric Cooper Sr., who was recruited to Arizona by Lute Olson and he played for the Wildcats in the 1985-86 season before transferring to Texas-San Antonio after his freshman season. Jerrett’s high school teammate, guard Eric Cooper Jr., is committed to Arizona for next year’s signing class.
As you can see from the video, Jerrett can be a face-up power forward with a mid-range jumper, and, Miller says, he could slide to center at Arizona as he gets bigger and stronger. The bottom line is that Jerrett can play inside and out, much like fellow signee Brandon Ashley, and coach Sean Miller will sort that out next fall.
What Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller says about Jerrett:
“He was the first guy who committed to us, and I give Grant and his family a lot of credit. Momentum is a big part of recruiting, and someone with the stature of Grant committing as early as he did continued to give us credibility. Grant did that long before we ever went to an elite eight. …
“Grant has great hands. The best is yet to come. Terrific rebounder. Very versatile, like Brandon (Ashley), but bigger with extremely long arms. He can play a number of different positions. That versatility and size is what strikes me about this class. That is what is exciting about it.”
What Lutheran High coach Eric Cooper Sr. says about Jerrett:
“He’s real fundamental. He’s not really the superstar player. He’s more like a Lamar Odom, the sidekick that’s really, really good and doesn’t mind being the second option or the third option. But the third option could score 40 points on every given night.” (Source: Arizona Daily Wildcat)
–Jerrett and Eric Cooper Jr. committed early to Arizona after taking unofficial visits to, among others, North Carolina, Duke, Cal, UCLA, USC and UNLV.
–Jerrett recently appeared on the cover of ESPNHS magazine’s California edition. From the article in the magazine:
The one area of Jerrett’s game that was lacking was his strength. Physically, the state’s top power forward never really played with a lot of power. Not that it held him back much (see the two state titles he’s already won).
But that doesn’t mean he was satisfied. So Jerrett attacked his one weakness and turned it into a strength.
After lifting weights five days a week during the offseason, Jerrett has added about 15 pounds of muscle. And he’s ready to use all of it this year.
“When he went up against the big, strong guys, he used to struggle,” says Lutheran coach Eric Cooper. “That happened during his first two years. Now, he can pretty much play against anybody.”
–Ben Axelrod of SLAM scouted Jerrett at the LeBron James Skills Academy this summer and wrote: “Grant Jerrett may be the most offensively polished of the big men at the camp, and his 7-1 wingspan allowed him to convert on dunks that most others wouldn’t be able to make.”
Where Jerrett ranks nationally
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