Washington forward Jackson Grant secures a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
LOGAN — Utah State landed two recruitments in one day for men’s basketball, getting a commitment from 6-foot-10 center Jackson Grant. The Aggies also got a commitment from Darius Brown earlier in the day.
Grant, a former four-star recruit out of Olympia High School in Washington, played two seasons at the University of Washington before entering the transfer portal at the end of the 2022-23 season. He originally committed to play for Danny Sprinkle at Montana State but re-opened his commitment after Sprinkle left for Logan.
See you in June Logan 🤘🏼💙 pic.twitter.com/r1qwwYUTKu
— Jackson Grant (@jpgrant12) April 28, 2023
Coming out of high school, Grant was a highly-regarded recruit. In 2021 Grant was named not only the Gatorade Washington High School Player of the Year but also a McDonald’s All-American. As a senior Grant averaged 22.9 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game with a field goal percentage of 65.6. He was a consensus top 100 prospect, ranking 65th in the RSCI Top 100. But at the University of Washington things simply didn’t pan out. In two seasons with the Huskies, Grant appeared in only 39 games (just 14 last year) and played a grand total of 247 minutes. In his sparse appearances he averaged 0.9 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
This isn’t the first time Sprinkle has recruited a former Huskies player out of the portal. At Montana State, Sprinkle brought in RaeQuan Battle who had similarly struggled to live up to a four-star recruit label but was able to re-invent himself under Sprinkle. Time will tell if this experiment turns out the same way.
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