Any more awards await former Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant?


Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

One of the best individual seasons in school history has earned former Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant a trip to Los Angeles.

It remains to be seen whether Grant will haul home some additional hardware this weekend.

Grant will participate Friday in ESPN’s College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s – the first-ever televised post-season awards show. It’s similar to the event held in Orlando, Fla., following the end of every college football season.

Friday’s one-hour show from Club Nokia will be televised by ESPN2 at 8 p.m.

Grant is one of five finalists for the nation’s most prestigious individual award – the John Wooden Award, considered college basketball’s version of the Heisman Trophy. He is also one of five finalists for the Jerry West Award, which honors the nation’s premier shooting guard. Other up for the honor include Ron Baker (Wichita State), Tyler Haws (Brigham Young), Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State).

The other Wooden finalists are Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, Jahlil Okafor (Duke) and Russell.

Also presented Friday will be the Bob Cousy (point guard), Julius Erving (small forward), Karl Malone (power forward) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (center) awards.

A first team Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association All-American, Grant averaged 16.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists in 37.1 minutes this season. He also led the Irish with 63 steals. Grant helped lead Notre Dame to a 32-6 record and 14-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Irish advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1979.

Grant also earned ACC tournament most valuable player after leading the Irish to their first-ever tournament championship. He finished his career with 1,739 points 911th all-time), 690 assists (third) and 175 steals (fifth).

Grant likely will be a first-round NBA draft pick in June.

Former Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant will participate Friday in the first-ever college basketball postsason awards show in Los Angeles.SBT Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ