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Syracuse sophomore Jerami Grant ready to enter NBA draft

the last sights in a Syracuse uniform
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Syracuse forward Jerami Grant is expected to announce his declaration for the 2014 NBA draft. According to Pete Thamel of SI.com on Monday, the super sophomore is ready to explore all of his NBA options.

After averaging 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds in his second season, the intrigue for Jerami Grant built up around his NBA prospects. Grant is projected to go in the first round of this year’s draft, and he has the skill set to skyrocket into the lottery.

Joel Embiid declares for NBA draft.

However, some may see Grant’s potential entrance into the draft as a surprise. There’s no doubt he would have been the go to offensive player for the Orange next season with Tyler Ennis already leaving for the NBA after one year.

Syracuse already lost senior’s C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita, so they’ll have two starters back from last season’s team. Trevor Cooney and Rakeem Christmas will be the most experienced players returning along with injured DeJuan Coleman.

We have to wait and see about the other forwards in the ACC, but the landscape of college basketball changed in one day. Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell has decided to stay for his junior season. Duke’s Jabari Parker has yet to decide his NBA future.

For Syracuse, their freshman forwards will have plenty of opportunities to play heavy minutes and have the type of season that Jerami Grant had in his second year.

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