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Malcolm Grant (basketball)

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Malcolm Grant
MalcolmGrant1.jpg
Grant while at the University of Miami.
Pieno žvaigždės Pasvalys
PositionPoint guard
LeagueLithuanian Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1988-06-21) June 21, 1988 (age 31)
Brooklyn, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolRobeson
(Brooklyn, New York)
The Winchendon School
(Winchendon, Massachusetts)
College
NBA draft2012 / Undrafted
Playing career2012–present
Career history
2012APOEL
2013Wollongong Hawks
2014Halifax Rainmen
2014LF Basket Norrbotten
2015Mississauga Power
20152016Island Storm
2016–2017Šentjur
2017Nevėžis
2017–2018Astana
2018Zadar
2018–2019Mornar
2019SkyCop Prienai
2019-presentPieno žvaigždės Pasvalys
Career highlights and awards

Malcolm Grant (born June 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player currently playing for Pieno žvaigždės Pasvalys of the Lithuanian Basketball League. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he played high school basketball for Robeson High School before going to The Winchendon School college prep school. He subsequently enrolled at Villanova University to play for the Wildcats. After his freshman season at Villanova he transferred to the Miami Hurricanes.

After graduating from the University of Miami, in 2012, with a degree in Sports Administration, Grant joined APOEL in Cyprus. He then moved to Australia to play for the Wollongong Hawks. In 2014, he joined the Halifax Rainmen in Canada to leave shortly afterwards to play for Swedish club LF Basket Norrbotten. In 2015, he had a second stint in Canada, this time to play for the Mississauga Power. He continued in Canada in the next season competing for the Island Storm. Following his stint in Canada, Grant took his talents to Europe playing for KK Šentjur and BC Nevėžis.

Early life and career[edit]

Grant was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 21, 1988, to Duncan and Mary Grant.[1][2] He grew up with three siblings: Unique, the late Sayeed and LeVar.[2] He played basketball under coaches Larry Major and Todd Myles in Robeson High School.[3] In his senior season, Grant averaged 23.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game to be named PSAL player of the year and New York Post's all-PSAL player of the year.[1][2][3] He was also named in the 2006 regional Jordan Brand Classic.[4] After graduating from Robeson, he attended a year of prep school in Winchendon School to qualify academically for college.[5] In the 2007 recruiting class, Grant was a three star recruit for Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com.[6][7][8]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Malcolm Grant
PG
Brooklyn, NY Winchendon 6 ft 0.625 in (1.84 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Apr 4, 2006 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 23 (PG)   Rivals: 25 (PG)  247Sports: 254, 53 (PG)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Villanova 2007 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
  • "2007 Villanova Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
  • "2007 Player Commitments – Villanova". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
  • "2007 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015-05-14.

College career[edit]

Villanova[edit]

Grant gave a verbal commitment to Seton Hall, to play under coach Louis Orr.[9][10] Orr's uncertain status as Seton Hall's head coach convinced Grant to change his commitment to Villanova.[9][10] In his debut for Villanova he scored 16 points in an 86–64 win versus Stony Brook.[11] On December 7, 2007 he scored 18 points, all in the last seven minutes of the game, to help Villanova upset LSU 68–67.[12][13] He scored a season-high 23 points, in 18 minutes, against Rutgers.[2][14] Following that game he played one minute in the following three games.[15] He saw limited playing time for the rest of the season, after coach Jay Wright's decision to stop playing Grant.[13][16] On April 4, 2008 he received a release, to explore transfer opportunities to other universities.[17]

Miami[edit]

In April 2008, Grant transferred to the University of Miami.[18][19] He sat out the 2008–09 season due to NCAA transfer rules.[20] His debut for Miami was in an 83–53 win over North Carolina Central, scoring 6 points, grabbing 4 rebounds and dishing 3 assists in 24 minutes.[2][21] His season-high scoring effort was 18 points against UNC Wilmington, a feature he tied against Boston College.[2][22][23] He played in all 33 games of the season, starting 4 of them, and led the team in assists, with 117.[2][24] Throughout the season Grant had 9.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.[2][24]

Miami Hurricanes guard Malcolm Grant (3) drives the ball during the game between Miami and Duke at Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Florida.The Duke Blue Devils defeated the Miami Hurricanes 81–71
Grant (3) was named Third-team All-ACC in 2011.

Grant started his second season at Miami by scoring 23 points, in the opening game of the season, to help his team win against Jacksonville 89–77.[25] On November 24, 2010 Grant dished a career-high 9 assists and scored 10 points in Miami's 79–59 win against McNeese State.[2][26] On December 4, 2010 Grant scored a career-high 26 points to help his team get past West Virginia 79–76.[2][27] On January 23, 2011, he scored 23 points against NC State and was 5–5 on three-point field goals, tying the school record for three-pointers made.[28] Grant started all 36 games of the season, setting a school record, and averaged 14.8 points, a team-high for the season, 1.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.9 steals per game in 32.4 minutes per game.[2][29] For his performances in the 2010–11 season he was named in the All–ACC third team.[30]

Grant opened his last season for Miami with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, to help his team get past Tennessee Tech 69–58.[31] He posted a season-high 22 points, against Ole Miss in his senior season.[2][32][33] In the first 10 games of the season Grant averaged 15.1 points per game, but missed two games in January to attend his brother's funeral, who died of a heart attack.[34][35][36][37] His brother's death affected his game, going 7 games without scoring double digits in February, and finished the season averaging 10.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.[2][34][37][38] Grant graduated from Miami with a degree in Sports Administration.[39]

College statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Source:[2][40]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Villanova 29 4 12.7 .390 .466 .841 .8 1.4 .1 .0 5.6
Did not play in the 2008–09 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
2009–10 Miami (Florida) 33 8 24.6 .393 .412 .756 1.9 3.5 .6 .1 9.6
2010–11 Miami (Florida) 36 36 32.4 .418 .423 .853 1.8 3.2 .9 .0 14.8
2011–12 Miami (Florida) 31 31 28.7 .339 .330 .803 2.1 1.9 .7 .0 10.8
Career 129 61 25.1 .386 .396 .818 1.7 2.6 .6 .0 10.4

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft, Grant joined Cypriot club APOEL.[41][42] He left APOEL in December 2012, averaging 7.0 points and 1.1 assists per game in 7 games.[43] In January 2013 he signed for the Wollongong Hawks of the Australian League.[44][45] He produced a season-high performance, scoring 21 points, against the Adelaide 36ers.[46][47] In 11 games for the Hawks, Grant averaged 10.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.[47] In January 2014 he joined Halifax Rainmen of the National Basketball League of Canada, to leave the club three weeks later to pursue an opportunity in Sweden.[43][48] While with the Rainmen, Grant appeared in 7 games, averaging 13.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.[49] On February 2, 2014 Grant joined LF Basket Norrbotten of the Swedish League, as a replacement for Keith McLeod.[50] He left the club shortly afterwards, appearing in 3 games and averaging 8.0 points per game.[51] In February 2015 Grant returned to Canada joining Mississauga Power.[52] On February 24, 2015 he scored a season-high 28 points against the Halifax Rainmen.[53][54][55] Grant started 6 of his 7 regular season games with the Power, averaging 17.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.[49]

On October 5, 2015, Grant was signed by the Island Storm and would return to Canada for the 2015–16 season. He would join the Storm for training camp in early December. Team head coach Joe Salerno commented on Grant: "Since seeing him for the first time back in 2013, he has been a guy on my radar, someone I believed could be very, very good in our league if put in the right system and situation."[56] Grant was also praised by Salerno for his experience in the ACC in his college years.[56] In his debut for the Storm, Grant recorded a double-double, with 24 points and 10 assists.[57] Grant started 23 of his 34 regular season games, led the Storm in assists and assists per game with 157 and 4.6 respectively, and posted averages of 11.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game.[58]

In September 2016, Grant signed a contract with KK Šentjur in Slovenia.[59] Throughout the season, he appeared in 30 games for in the Slovenian League, averaging 13.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.[60] Remarkably, he had over 50% field goal and three-point field goal percentage, and over 90% in free throw shooting.[60] In August 2017, Grant signed a contract with Lithuanian league club BC Nevėžis.[61] Grant refused to play in a game against BC Pieno žvaigždės, claiming that the club owed him months of wages;[62] the claim was later confirmed by club officials.[63] A few days after the incident, in early December 2017, Grant signed for BC Astana of the VTB United League,[64] making his debut on 26 December against CSKA Moscow.[65] Grant averaged 11.5 points, 2.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in the VTB United League. On 7 August 2018, he signed with the Croatian team KK Zadar.[66] In November 2018 he left Zadar.[67] Two weeks later he signed for another club playing in the ABA League, the Montenegrin Mornar.[68]

The Basketball Tournament[edit]

Malcolm Grant played for Team Fancy in the 2018 edition of The Basketball Tournament. In 2 games, he averaged 7 points, .5 assists, and 1.5 rebounds per game. Team Fancy reached the second round before falling to Boeheim's Army.

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