Grant Jerrett NBDL

By Marcus Shockley

Yesterday the NBA D-League held their 2103 draft, and here are some notes of the potential developing stories:

Grant Jerrett, was taken #1 overall by the Tulsa 66ers. Jerrett is a 6’10” versatile player who was notably cut last week by the Oklahoma Thunder, a move that led many to hold him up as an example of players entering the NBA draft too early. Jerrett played one season at Arizona last year before declaring for the draft.

James Johnson, the second overall pick, looked like a future NBA starter during his two years at Wake Forest, but has never found traction in the pros after being a first round pick in 2009. Johnson was waived last month by the Atlanta Hawks after, frankly, abysmal showings in the Hawks preseason games.

DeAndre Liggins, taken #7 overall by the Sioux Falls Skyforce, is a former Kentucky standout who played sparingly for Orlando and Oklahoma City during his two years in the NBA. Over the past two months Liggins ran afoul of the law in a domestic assault charge and was waived by the Thunder during the same week. Liggins will need to show maturity and consistency in order to make an impact.

Reggie Johnson, a 6’10” center who played for Miami in the ACC, was taken in the second round by the Delaware 87ers. Johnson is a solid post player who can be a force inside, but has battled injuries and conditioning issues throughout his career. He should see significant floor time.

Aquille Carr, a high school standout who had his own off-the-court issues, was committed to Seton Hall but opted to sign a short contract overseas in an effort to find his way to the pros. It’s still not clear if Carr is more hype than substance, but he’ll get his chance for the Delaware 87ers.

Grant Jerrett
Photo Source: UA News

By James Blackburn

Game Scouted: Texas-El Paso @ Arizona

Arizona Wins 72-51

Box Score

Grant Jerrett (PF, 6’10”, FR)

22 min, 2-4 FG, 2-3 3pt FG, 1-2 FT, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blk, 1 steal, 1 TO, 7 TP

Is a true PF who can also step out and hit the 3. He didn’t really have his feet set either time- but has a soft touch and can knock down college 3’s when he is left open. Great length and frame. Showed the ability to put the ball on the floor and go buy slower defenders. Excellent rebounder who boxes out and secures the ball- crashes the offensive boards and doesn’t stand and watch. Led the Wildcats in the rebounding category this game with 7.

Did a solid job of hedging out on screens and stopping UTEP’s guards from turning the corner. Blocks and influences shots. Solid overall athlete. Good overall defender- can tell he has been coached well by Sean Miller. Shows energy and a solid motor when he is on the floor.
Good on-court demeanor. Doesn’t complain, works hard and competes. Underrated passer for a big- threw a couple of over the top lob passes to fellow frontcourt teammate Kaleb Tarczewksi.

Needs to improve conditioning overall and this will come as he sees more court time. Needs to work on setting better screens- when screening he is too straight up and small- needs to get lower and set harder/stronger screens. Got blown by on the perimeter when defending around the 3-point line. Defensive technique was good and he even chopped his feet and closed out- but laterally movement is slow and would be a concern for NBA teams as he would be a stretch 4 at the next level. This wouldn’t be a problem on the offensive end as he would be a good pick and pop player, but would struggle guarding PF’s who can put the ball on the floor. Somewhat raw offensively. Would like to see him be more assertive offensively with his skill set.

Reminds of another Arizona product in Channing Frye- has a similar build and both are PF’s with solid length who can step out and hit the 3. Both are more perimeter oriented big men. Would of played more this game but picked up a few fouls in the second half from hedging out on screens- was a split second late hedging out and the Miners PG made him pay for it. Overall he played the P/R well this game- needs to hustle/bust it back to his man quicker then he did this game. At the next level he will be going up against elite level PG on a nightly basis and they will be able to turn the corner and/or hit the roll man quicker. So he will have to learn to hedge quickly and then get back to his original man as quick as possible.
He has great upside and will only continue to get better as he becomes more comfortable with the college game. NBA teams should continue to monitor his game as he will most likely stay in school another year or two. Should develop into a mid first rounder or possibly lottery pick if he stays in school for a couple more years.

Rodney Purvis
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Rodney Purvis, 2013 star PG and interested in NC State Wolfpack.

More from scout James Blackburn and the 2010 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, with the 2012 classes and one player from 2013, Rodney Purvis.

Class of 2013 edit-Rodney has since reclassified to 2012.

Rodney Purvis (PG, 6’2″, 165)
Player Highlights
Upper Room Christian Academy
Raleigh, NC
AAU team- CP3 All-Stars

Scouting Report
Good size, athletic, ball handling, different finishing moves

College Interest
NC State

He is going to be going to the 15u super showcase with his AAU team, the CP3 All-Stars later this summer in FL. He is going to be working on his jumper a lot this summer with his HS coach.

Class of 2012

Andre Drummond (C, 6’11”, 265)
Player Highlights
St. Thomas More HS
Oakdale, CT
AAU team- Connecticut Basketball Club

Scouting Report
#1 Center in his class according to Very good shot blocker, can hit the mid range, good athlete. Strong rebounder.

College Interest
Offers from UConn, Syracuse, Louisville, Texas, West Virginia, Georgetown, Mass, and Rutgers.

Very young player who is enjoying the recruiting scene- does not have any favorites so far- is trying to lay low according to his coach. He has taken an un-official visit to Providence. He is just trying to continually work on develop a all-around game. Wants to be a mix between Lebron James and Dwight Howard.

Reggie Dillard (SG, 6’3″, 210)
Dudley HS
Greensboro, NC
AAU team- CP3 All-stars

Scouting Report
Determined defender and solid 3-point shooter

College Interest

Peter Jurkin (C, 7’0″, 220)
Player Highlights
United Faith Christian Academy
Charlotte, NC
AAU team- Indiana Elite/Team Indiana

Scouting Report
Very long and athletic- tries to block everything and either blocks or influences every shot that is put up in paint

College Interest
Indiana- they have offered

Quayshad Williams
Greensboro Day School Power Forward / 6-7/ 240
Greensboro, NC
AAU- Greensboro Gators
Scouting Report: Good hands, good touch around the rim
College Interest:

Grant Jerrett (F, 6’8″, 210)
Lutheran HS
La Verne, CA
AAU team- Belmont Shore

Scouting Report
Very long, big/wide shoulders, Runs the floor and can shoot the 3

College Interest
Has offers from Arizona, UNLV, USC, Washington, and UCLA. Is also receiving interest from Gonzaga and Arizona St.

Josh Smith (C, 6’7″, 235)
Olympic HS
Charlotte, NC
AAU team- Carolina Raptors

Scouting Report
Very strong, good rebounder who grabs everything with 2 hands, good finisher

College Interest
V. Tech, LSU- no offers yet

Trying to work on guard skills this summer. Is going to work on increasing his shooting range and dribbling skills.

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