In a big coup for Clemson, they have gotten a commitment from Donte Grantham, a shooting forward from the class of 2014. According to Rivals, the 6″8 Grantham is ranked 66th in the nation and could rise over the course of his senior season. The Michigan Wolverines were also pursuing him quite aggressively and seemed to be the favorites until the announcement.
The commitment marks the second for Clemson in 2014. Grantham will join Gabe Devoe to form what could become a solid recruiting class for the Tigers. Long one of the bottom feeders in an always tough ACC conference, Clemson seems to be making some moves to get themselves out of the basement.
On the court, Grantham will be important for Clemson in many ways. At 6″8, he is big enough to stretch the floor as a power forward in stretch lineups and quick enough to play the small forward spot in regular lineups. From day one, Grantham should have an impact on the Tigers’ lineup whether he is a starter or comes off the bench as a role player.
That isn’t to say that there is nothing to improve on for the young player out of Virginia. Grantham will need to add some muscle to his frame in order to play as a forward in the NCAA. He is a bit small at around 200 lbs and that could lead to him being pushed around when he reaches division one level basketball.
While Grantham may never be a high scorer or all star type player, he is just the type of guy a team needs to succeed. Grantham will be a jack of all trades type of player for the Tigers and will be one of the glue guys on the roster. All signs point to Grantham being a terrific teammate and a hard worker, which will rub off on the other guys. While Clemson may not be there yet, this commitment is a major step in the right direction.