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DeMatha product Jerian Grant carving out place with Knicks


DeMatha product Jerian Grant carving out place with Knicks

Knicks rookie Jerian Grant knows the Washington area well. He grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, as one of four boys in a talented basketball family. 

His father Harvey Grant played in the NBA, while his uncle Horace Grant was an All-Star who won four rings over the course of a successful career with the Bulls and Lakers.

Grant's younger brother Jerami is currently a member of the 76ers. All four brothers played high school basketball at DeMatha Catholic High School. 

When the Knicks' schedule brought Grant back to D.C. for the Wizards' home opener, his family and friends wouldn't miss it. Grant's mother, father, uncle and several friends turned out to see him play at the Verizon Center. 

The rookie guard contributed 7 points, 2 rebounds and 3 steals in 21 minutes of playing time -- the same as starting point guard Jose Calderon. It was the second 3-steal night of his young career. 

When asked after the game about his substantial minutes, Grant was thankful. "It’s great," he said. "My teammates and coaches have a lot of confidence in me and it’s really helped me out."

Thankful, but not surprised. For Grant, playing in the NBA was the next step in a logical progression from DeMatha to Notre Dame and onward. 

Did he expect to make this kind of contribution so early? "Yeah for sure, just being able to play at the highest level and be effective and help a team win games," he said.

And while Grant could become a big part of New York's future, he took the opportunity to talk about the force driving them now: Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony put up 37 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the Knicks 117-110 win over the Wizards. 

"It’s like [Anthony] was when we were growing up watching him play with the Nuggets," Grant said. "You know, it's just what he does." 

As for the Wizards, he admitted to rooting for them as a kid, but these days prefers watching good basketball games over any one team. 

If the beginning of the season is any indication, Grant has a long season of good games ahead in the wide-open Eastern Conference. 

"I think [the East] is definitely getting a lot more competitive," he said. "Obviously, I think at the top you have Cleveland, but after that there are a lot of teams that can be up there and I think [the Knicks] are building something."

Building something with young talent from the DMV, it seems. 

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2018 NBA Draft: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

2018 NBA Draft: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

The 2018 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday night as the newest wave of potential superstars like DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Mo Bamba and Luka Doncic enter the league. Here is everything you need to know for the big night...


When: 7 p.m.
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Live stream: WatchESPN.com
Radio: ESPN

Wizards draft picks: 15th overall in the first round, 44th overall in the second round

First round order:

1. Phoenix Suns
2. Sacramento Kings
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Orlando Magic
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Cleveland Cavaliers
9. New York Knicks
10. Philadelphia 76ers
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Los Angeles Clippers
13. Los Angeles Clippers
14. Denver Nuggets
15. Washington Wizards
16. Phoenix Suns
17. Milwaukee Bucks
18. San Antonio Spurs
19. Atlanta Hawks
20. Minnesota Timberwolves
21. Utah Jazz
22. Chicago Bulls
23. Indiana Pacers
24.Portland Trail Blazers
25. Los Angeles Lakers
26. Philadelphia 76ers
27. Boston Celtics
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Brooklyn Nets
30. Atlanta Hawks

Top prospects:

1. DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Marvin Bagley III, Duke
3. Luka Doncic, Slovenia
4. Jaren Jackson, Jr., Michigan State
5. Mo Bamba, Texas
6. Michael Porter, Jr., Missouri
7. Wendell Carter, Duke
8. Trae Young, Oklahoma
9. Collin Sexton, Alabama
10. Kevin Knox, Kentucky

Three things to watch...

Will Leonard get traded?

Last year's draft featured some big trades including Jimmy Butler going to the Timberwolves. This year, there seems to be at least a decent chance it happens with Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs. He wants a trade and they have been meeting with him in recent days, perhaps for a last-ditch pitch to remain with the team. If he gets dealt on draft night, it wouldn't be a huge surprise.

Who will the Kings pick?

A consensus has built for Ayton to go No. 1 to the Suns. After that, it's a major crapshoot and whomever the Kings select will produce a domino effect from there on down. Will they take Bagley, the safe pick, or go a riskier route with Doncic or maybe even Porter, Jr.? The best bet at this point appears to be Bagley, but nobody truly knows.

Where will Young and Porter, Jr. go?

The two most interesting prospects in this draft are Young and Porter, Jr. Young was a sensation in college basketball, but is undersized and appears to be boom-or-bust. He could flame out quickly at the next level or be some iteration of the next Stephen Curry. Porter, Jr. played only three games in college due to a back injury and now has hip issues as well. His talent is undeniable, but his injury history represents significant risk.


For more on the NBA Draft, check out our preview special episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.