DeMatha's Jerami Grant goes up for a wide-open dunk during the City Title game in March 2011. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

“I feel like it’s the best fit for me,” Grant said. “The things that they do with players similar to me are great. It just felt like the right fit in the end.”

A 6-foot-7 forward, it had been thought that Grant was considering scholarship offers from Maryland and Rutgers. Grant’s club team coach, Keith Stevens of Team Takeover, and DeMatha Coach Mike Jones both thought that Grant was nearing a decision two weeks ago.

“I was definitely close [to picking Maryland] with the new coaching staff and all,” Grant said. “It felt like that was a good decision at the time. Then the decision-making process got crazy. It didn’t feel like it was going to be the right fit.”

On Sept, 5, the Terps received a commitment from Massachusetts forward Jake Layman, also a forward whose game is similar to Grant’s. Though Grant said that the addition of Layman to the Terps’ 2012 recruiting class did not play a significant role in his choosing to eliminate Maryland from consideration, after that he booked in-home visits with coaches from Notre Dame, Rutgers and Syracuse on consecutive days.

“If you think about it, Syracuse has players too,” Grant said. “If that was the case, I probably wouldn’t have gone to a school as good as Syracuse. At the same time, I kind of wanted to get away from home.”