Ranked as the 9th best prospect in the ACC last year in this very same column, Grant has slipped a few spots this time around despite upping his averages to nearly 15 points per game (from 8.3) between his sophomore and junior seasons. Grant is clearly developing into a real go-to scoring threat at the collegiate level, but is also seriously exposing his flaws as a prospect in the process.
Watching him on tape, its not difficult to see why Gavin Grant was considered an intriguing prospect to begin with. Standing 6-8, he has a nice frame, solid length, and very nice athletic ability. His first step is quick and powerful, and he has no problem getting into the paint and finishing above the rim if given the opportunity to do so. He is an excellent ball-handler, capable of pulling up off the dribble from mid-range, and can go either way equally well. N.C. State would use him as both an extra ball-handler to help break the press (and sometimes as a real point-forward), or in the paint as a post-up threat, where he shows decent footwork on occasion backing down smaller guards. There really arent that many 6-8 players with his versatility in the college game.
With that said, Grant got exposed to a certain extent because of how heavily N.C. State relied on him to create offense for them. He averaged 4.2 turnovers per gameranking him first in the country amongst draft prospects in that category, while also shooting just 31% from behind the arc. His shot-selection is poor, and he often looked very much out of control, putting the ball on the floor wildly on his way to the rimregularly leading to an offensive foul. He also had too many unforced errors caused by mental lapsesthrowing balls away carelessly for example, or not executing his role within N.C. States offense.
To really maximize his chances as a draft prospect, Grant must tighten up his shooting mechanics. He has an inconsistent release point on his jumperusually shooting it on the way down off a small bunny hop. This can be fixed, but it will take a good amount of work to really get down pat.
Grant would also be well served to work on his perimeter defense. He doesnt seem to put all that much effort into this part of his game, giving his man way too much space, letting players blow past him way too easily, and gambling excessively for steals. He does not seem to have great fundamentals in this area, although the physical tools are there and then some. This is a part of his game he has to work on if hes to make and stick in the NBA.
Regardless, expect to hear the name Gavin Grant mentioned frequently leading all the way into the draft process. Hell have every opportunity to showcase his credentials as an NBA player as a top scoring option for N.C. State, and then in the pre-draft camps, which hell likely be a part of.