Announcement Primer: Donte Grantham

Dylan Burkhardt

Class of 2014 forward Donte Grantham will announce his college choice on Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET. Grantham will pick between Michigan and Clemson.

Here’s our primer for the announcement with everything you need to know:

The Essentials

Forward, 6-8, 200-pounds, Hargrave Military Academy (VA), DC Assault
247Composite: 4-star (87); ESPN: 3-star; Rivals: 4-star (66); Scout: 4-star (91)
Schools: Clemson, Michigan
Official visits: Clemson, Michigan, Cincinnati
247 Sports Crystal Ball: Michigan 53% Clemson 47%

The Primary Contenders

Grantham trimmed his list to a top-four of Cincinnati, Clemson, Michigan and West Virginia but for all intents and purposes his final decision is down to Michigan or Clemson.

Grantham’s recruitment has been a long and winding road. At one point in time he had committed to West Virginia but opted to open things back up after he decided to attend prep school at Hargrave Military Academy. That switch, along with the move to the DC Assault AAU program, saw his recruitment soar throughout the summer. Michigan was one of those schools that started recruiting Grantham this summer after watching him in July.

Despite the fact that Grantham rarely speaks to the media, reports have swirled over the last few weeks as to where he might be leaning. At first it was Michigan or Cincinnati, then Michigan was firmly the team to beat. In the last week, Clemson has gained momentum and has reportedly been in the driver’s seat. From everything that we’ve heard, both Clemson and Michigan have had different reasons for optimism but this decision could go either way and Clemson seems to have made the most recent push.

What we do know is this. Grantham took official visits to Clemson, Michigan and Cincinnati. Late last week, he announced that he would be deciding this week. Then word leaked that he would take one additional unofficial visit to Clemson. What that additional visit means is anyone’s guess. He didn’t commit on the trip, which could have happened if it was just one final confirmation visit, and appears legitimately undecided.

· The Michigan recruitment: Michigan jumped head first into Grantham’s recruitment this summer after he impressed with DC Assault on the summer circuit. John Beilein has a number of connections to Grantham’s original high school in Martinsburg from his West Virginia days and the Wolverines offered Grantham a scholarship during his official visit to Ann Arbor for the Michigan-Notre Dame football game. Michigan’s entire coaching staff made an in-home visit on Wednesday afternoon to make its final pitch.

· The Clemson recruitment: Unlike Michigan, who was late to the party, Clemson been recruiting Grantham for as long as anyone. That loyalty seems to have paid dividends as Brad Brownell earned a return visit from Grantham last weekend. Clemson was recruiting Grantham before he emerged as a top-100 player but Grantham also had the opportunity to commit to Clemson as a 2013 prospect and opted to enroll in prep school rather than make that choice. Along with two campus visits this fall, Brad Brownell has also made a number of in-home visits with the most recent coming earlier this week.

The Timing

Grantham’s time frame hasn’t changed much from what was originally laid out. He planned to take his official visits and reach a decision before the early signing period in November. After his final trip to Cincinnati, a commitment has been expected for the last two weeks or so.

The Fit

· At Michigan: Grantham would provide a physical presence on Michigan’s front line. His rebounding ability and aggressiveness would do wonders to complement some of Michigan’s more skilled wing players including recent commitment Kameron Chatman (who visited Michigan with Grantham and plans to put in his own recruiting pitch). Grantham would have to compete for playing time but with the likely departures of Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary to the NBA Draft, there’s still plenty of opportunity.

· At Clemson: Grantham would be featured recruit of Brad Brownell’s class and one of the highest rated Clemson commitments in recent years. Clemson has only one commitment in the 2014 class and it’s from a 2-star guard, Gabe DeVoe. Grantham would likely have ample opportunity to play early and often and there’s little doubt that the Tigers are selling playing time. However, Clemson is just 51-45 in three seasons under Brad Brownell.

Grantham video

How to follow the announcement

Grantham’s announcement won’t come at a press conference or on television. He plans to announce his college choice on Twitter at 9:30 a.m. ET. Follow Grantham at @DonteGrantham32 for the latest.

In closing, please remember this is the college decision of a high school kid. Please adhere to the comment standards that have been set forth here on UM Hoops regardless of the outcome.

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  • jblair52

    GO BLUE!

  • David

    Dude – Amen, way to help keep things in perspective

    “In closing, please remember this is the college decision of a high school kid. Please adhere to the comment standards that have been set forth here on UM Hoops regardless of the outcome.”

  • mattski

    Very neat player, and I wish him well wherever he ends up. Despite all the focus on recruiting, I am eager to hear how practices are going. . .

  • Kenny

    “Grantham also had the opportunity to commit to Clemson as a 2013 prospect and opted to enroll in prep school”.

    If this is true, I have to believe our chance.

  • Chazer

    Good luck to this young man and his future. I sure hope the 247 guys are correct, they missed badly with KC!

    Not much happening in practice at this point I’m sure. Mr. Belein and staff are likely focusing on the fundamentals of the game….details, details, details. They all add up to low turnover teams, GROOMING NBA prospects and final four runs!

    Elbow in and pick the cherry……can of corn Baby!

    Go Blue!

  • Chris

    I heard he moved his announcement to 12:30.

  • Chris

    I believe he moved his announcement to noon.

    Paul George ‏@DonteGrantham32 15m

    Announcement Tomorrow at 12 !

    • kam

      i don’t see that!

  • jkuofm27

    I really like this kid and think his game fits perfectly into a hole that will be opened up next year. But I would not blame him for a second with going to a school that has recruited him longer, is his mother’s fav. and would make him the face of the program.

  • Dean19

    Do we even want him we do not have that many spots and we really technically have no open spots and we would much rather have Booker or Blackmon.

    • Tyrell

      We want him.

      • Mark Worthley

        Look at how recruiting is going at Michigan State. Whenever you can get a quality kid to be interested, it’s a good thing.

  • Tyrell

    I would like to hear jblair52’s thoughts on this because of his prediction regarding Kam, but I would think that since Donte is so excited to announce that his excitement might have something to do with Kam’s recent announcement.

    • jblair52

      haha I don’t have any inside info bro, sorry.

      Just figuring Beilein doesn’t waste time and is respected so if he’s going on in-home visits right before an announcement, it just seems to make sense that it’s good news for Michigan.

      In-home right before Chatman committed.
      In-home right before Grantham commits – ???

      I just think if Grantham knows he’s going to Clemson, he’s not going to let Beilein fly out for an in-home visit hours before he announces.

      …it’s almost a replica scenario of Chatman

  • Wayman Britt

    Would like to see Grantham at UM, but if he chooses Clemson no hard feeling.
    However, we have to get either Booker or Blackmon.

  • ColinNer

    I have been a little unsure on Grantham but am starting to come around. Beilein has recruited a lot of athletic, scoring wings (Bates-Diop, Chatman, Irvin, GRIII) and Grantham plays a power forward. Even though JMo is only about 6-8, I don’t see Grantham at the five. I can see Grantham playing in a two big lineup like Bielfeldt does when he gets in.

    • guestavo

      Clemson claims that Grantham wants to play 2/3…..

  • mattD

    Flurry of picks for Clemson last night on 247. Probably indicates that Grantham is headed to Clemson as I’ve suspected for the last week. Would love to be wrong on this one, and hopefully the crystal ball is as reliable as the crystal ball for Chatman. In all honesty though, Mom is probably going to be the determining factor here, and Mom wants Clemson.

    • That’s the direction things are pointing. Would be surprised if he picked Michigan.

  • mattD

    Pretty much official at this point – Clemson 247 insider just picked Clemson for Grantham’s crystal ball. In light of the fact that we’re roughly a 1/2 hour away from the announcement, I’d say we can concede this to Clemson.

    • geoffclarke

      Is it safe to say that a 247 insider has direct access to the Clemson coaches or Grantham or his mom, or is this just a guess?

    • jblair52

      Arizona insiders were also positive Chatman was going to be a Wildcat.

      Just saying – we’ve been surprised before…