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Posted On: 06/18/18 12:00 PM
After a freshman season spent splitting time with the freshman and varsity squads, Johnston combo-guard Reid Grant is ready to take the reins as a sophomore leader with the varsity next season.
Grant’s freshman squad went 20-0 last winter, and he played in 19 of 24 games with the varsity. The sterling freshman mark is an indicator of the strength of Johnston’s program right now.
A 6’3 do-it-all prospect, Grant is at the forefront of that charge.
“I’m a combo-guard that can pass, shoot, and get to the rim. I think my strengths are my court vision and my ability to get to the rim and finish or find the open person,” said Grant.
“My role will become much bigger this upcoming season. I will have to try and fill in some big shoes because we are losing three key players this year. My job will be to hit shots, create opportunities for others, finish at the rim and be a strong leader.”
Ahead of what could be a breakout sophomore season for one of Iowa’s best 2021 talents, Grant will be playing with Kingdom Hoops Elite 15U. That’s a top AAU team in the state.
“Kingdom Hoops has been great. We didn’t know how good we were going to be headed into the spring because of our size. So far, we are playing very well despite our lack of size and are showing a lot of people we are not a team to sleep on,” said Grant.
During the rest of June, he’ll be playing in team camps with Johnston, he’ll then head into July with a sharpened set of skills and a focus on turning some heads during the NCAA live periods.
“My summer goals are to get faster and stronger. I feel like if I do those things my game can really take off. I will continue to work on getting my shot faster and my handles tighter, to get as ready as I can be for July,” said Grant.
His recruitment may take a little while before it starts to ramp up, that’s something he’s expecting to happen maybe next summer. But there has been one Midwest Division I program that has already taken notice. Grant and his Kingdom Hoops teammate Payton Sandfort were both invited by Indiana to come visit the campus and check out the facilities.
“The Indiana visit was a real eye-opening experience. The facilities were amazing, they are renovating multiple things, including the locker room which will make the place even better than before. It was really cool to see the arena and what it’s like playing under all those bright lights on one of the highest stages of basketball,” said Grant.
“I want to play basketball at the highest level. I’m not expecting to get any offers by any teams this summer, but if I continue to focus on the little things, eat right, and get in the weight room, my hope is to be on some coach’s radars for the future.”
Reid Grant has been identified by Prep Hoops as a top prospect in his class. To see the full Class of 2021Watch List, click here.