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Josh Grant

Josh Grant
No. 5, 11
Forward
Personal information
Born (1967-08-07) August 7, 1967 (age 46)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school East (Salt Lake City, Utah)
College Utah (1988–1993)
NBA draft 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 16 (43rd overall)
Pro playing career 1993–2002
Career history
1993–1994 Golden State Warriors
1994–1995 Valencia (Spain)
1995–1996 Baloncesto León (Spain)
1996–1998 Le Mans Sarthe (France)
1998–1999 Pau-Orthez (France)
1999–2000 Olympiacos (Greece)
2000–2001 Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)
2001 Cholet Basket (France)
2001–2002 Roseto Sharks (Italy)
Career highlights and awards

College:

  • First Team All-WAC 1991, 1993 [1]
  • Second Team All-WAC 1990 [2]
  • WAC Player of the Year 1991, 1993 [3]
  • WAC All-Tournament Team 1991, 1993 [4]
  • WAC Champions (1991,1993), University of Utah[5]
  • University of Utah Men’s Basketball “All Century Team”[3]
  • Inductee to the University of Utah’s Crimson Club Hall of Fame in 2008 [6]
  • Team Captain (1991, 1992, 1993) [7]
  • Letter Earner (1989, 1990, 1991, 1993) [8]

Professional:

  • 16th Pick of the Second Round, 1993 NBA Draft (43rd overall)[9]
Career statistics
Points 157
Assists 24
Rebounds 89
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Joshua "Josh" David Grant (born August 7, 1967 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is a retired American professional basketball player. The 6’9” (2.06 m), 223 pound (101 kg) Small/Power forward who graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1986 [10] and attended the University of Utah, where he was an important player and still holds multiple basketball records. Among other honors, Grant was named to Utah’s All-Century Men’s Basketball Team on February 12, 2008 [11] and was inducted into the University’s Crimson Club Hall of Fame on April 8, 2008.[6]

Grant was selected with the Sixteenth pick of the Second Round of the 1993 NBA draft (43rd pick overall) by the Denver Nuggets and was traded to the Golden State Warriors on a draft night trade.[9] Grant played for the Warriors during the 1993-1994 season, and then played abroad for several years.

College career

Josh Grant played for the University of Utah Utes from 1988-1993 (he was forced to take a medical red-shirt year because of a knee injury during the 1991-92 season).

Grant played under coach Lynn Archibald for one season, and then under famed basketball coach Rick Majerus for the rest of his college career. The period during which Grant played under Majerus marked the beginning of a highly successful period for the Utes under Majerus throughout the 90s, which ultimately culminated with the Utes’ appearance in the NCAA championship game in 1998. Teams Grant played on in 1991 and 1993 won WAC regular season championships, and the 1991 team went to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament, eventually being eliminated by Jerry Tarkanian’s defending champion UNLV Runnin’ Rebels to finish 30-4 on the season.[12] Grant was the captain of the Utah team for three years (1991, 1992, 1993).[7]

Honors

Grant received many honors for his collegiate career at Utah, where he was a four-year letter earner (1989, 1990, 1991, 1993).[8] He was first-team all-WAC twice (1991, 1993) [3] and second team all-WAC once (1990).[2] Grant was named WAC player of the year twice (1991, 1993),[3] and during those same two years, Grant was also named to the WAC All-Tournament Team (1991, 1993),[4] and the Utes won the WAC regular-season championship (1991,1993).[5]

In 2008, Grant was honored by the University of Utah as part of its men’s basketball program’s centennial celebration when he was named to the University of Utah Men’s Basketball “All Century Team” on February 12, 2008.[3] Grant was also honored on April 8, 2008, when he was inducted to the University of Utah’s Crimson Club Hall of Fame in 2008.[6]

Beyond these honors, Grant has directly participated in several events that are among some of the most memorable events in Utah men’s basketball history. For example, many fans remember Grant’s dunk over 7’6” center Sean Bradley, of arch-rival BYU on February 16, 1991, which was voted as the 41st greatest moment in Utah basketball history.[13] Other events of the 100 Greatest Moments in Utah’s Basketball History that Grant participated directly in include:

  • 33. March 17, 1991 - Utah 85 Michigan State 84 to go to Sweet 16. Game went to double overtime - Josh Grant had 29 points for the Utes.[14]
  • 42. March 2, 1991 - Utah beats BYU 72-71 OT (30-4 season).[15]
  • 72. Feb 16, 1991 - Utah wins WAC with an 81-74 victory over BYU.[16]
  • 98. Feb 27, 1993 - Largest crowd ever recorded in the Hunstman Center (15,755).[17]

Records

Grant holds multiple records in virtually every category for Utah, including several all-time records at the University of Utah, such as:

  • Third highest scorer all-time with 2000 total points.[18]
  • Third in total rebounds with 1066 total rebounds.[18]
  • Most total offensive rebounds with 337.[18]
  • Second in total defensive rebounds with 839.[18]
  • Fourth in total field goals made with 727.[19]
  • Third in total three-point field goals made with 153.[18]
  • Second in all-time steals with 191.[18]
  • Seventh in all-time assists with 387.[18]
  • Fourth in blocked shots with 109.[18]
  • Third in total games played with 131.[18]

In addition to these all-time records, Grant holds many Utah records for individual games or seasons,[20] as well as several WAC records, which are not listed here.

Professional career

Josh Grant was drafted as the 16th pick of the second round in the 1993 NBA draft (43rd overall) by the Denver Nuggets and was traded to the Golden State Warriors in a draft night trade with a 1994 second-round draft pick (eventually used to select Anthony Miller of Michigan) for Darnell Mee.[9] Grant played for the Warriors during the 1993-1994 season before playing abroad for several years.

Despite having a relatively positive scouting report,[21] Grant played just one season in the NBA. During the 1993-94 season, Grants statistics were as follows:

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1993–94 Golden State 53 0 7.2 .404 .279 .759 1.7 0.5 0.3 0.2 3.0

After playing one season in the NBA, Grant continued to play professionally in Europe for nine more years, playing on teams in Spain, France, Greece and Italy.[10]

Personal

Grant graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City in 1986, where he was an all-state player twice, and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Utah as a senior, after leading his team to a third-place finish in the state tournament.[10]

Grant also served a two-year mission for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in London from 1986-88.[22]

After his basketball career, Grant earned a Master’s degree in teaching. He was a history teacher and head boys’ basketball coach at Lake Forrest High School and Niles West High School in the Chicago, Illinois area.[10]

Grant currently works as a Regional Development Officer for the University of Utah, as part of the University’s outreach program to alumni and friends. As part of this job, Grant travels around the country meeting alums and working to establish new relationships and strengthen ties with alums and friends on behalf of the University.[23]

See also

References

External links

  • NBA.com Profile
  • NBA Career Stats
  • Basketpedya.com Profile
  • Italian League Profile (Italian)
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