Grant Jerrett Picked by Portland Trail Blazers: Scouting Report and Analysis

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterJune 27, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 21:  Grant Jerrett #33 of the Arizona Wildcats drives on Trevor Noack #30 of the Belmont Bruins in the second half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on March 21, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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With the No. 40 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected Grant Jerrett from the University of Arizona.

Here's everything you need to know about Jerrett:

Despite only getting 17.8 minutes per game as a freshman, Grant Jerrett cut his college career early and bolted from Arizona.

It was a surprise move, considering he hadn't shown much to scouts in his limited minutes.

Jerrett was a highly touted recruit out of high school but entered the pre-draft process as somewhat of a mystery.


Physical Tools

At 6'10'', 232 pounds with a 7'2'' wingspan, Jerrett has the physical profile of an NBA big man. He moves better forward than he does side to side.

In limited minutes, Jerrett didn't use his size to his advantage all that often. He spent much of his time on the perimeter as a stretch option, and despite some promising physical tools, Jerrett doesn't put them all to use.


Stretch Big Man

Jerrett did most of his damage as a catch-and-shoot target on the perimeter. He took 79 three-pointers and 75 two-pointers, just to show you how perimeter-oriented he is for a big man.

He shot 40.5 percent from downtown and 18-of-22 from the line. There's no doubt he's got a sharp stroke.

Jerrett projects as a stretch 4 or 5 who can space the floor, catch and shoot.

In terms of mechanics, Jerrett doesn't bring the ball down prior to his delivery. If he catches it shoulder high, he doesn't allow the ball to dip below his shoulders. It's a quick and simple release.

It makes his shot tougher to contest and easier to get off.

Though not very often, he's flashed some of his deceptive mobility off the bounce. Jerrett has a good feel for the game, as he uses pump fakes and power dribbles to create easier looks for himself.

Finishing inside the arc can be an adventure for Jerrett, but he's not as stiff as he might appear in terms of movement.


Limitations, Questions

Jerrett isn't much of a threat to generate his own offense. Though it's tough to give a fair evaluation, nothing stood out about his game during his time at Arizona.

He averaged only 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. Based on his production and role, he projects as a stretch big man, which isn't exactly a title that's going to draw a line out the door.

There's a good chance his lack of freedom prevented him from showcasing his entire arsenal, but it's hard to tell right now.

Adding some post moves or some type of in-between game would increase the threat he poses to defenses.


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