Like Dion Waiters before him, Jerami Grant is a starter who just happens to come off the bench for the Orange. Grant even wears the same jersey number that Waiters did. The numbers from Grant's freshman season don't jump off the page at you (3.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG) but his performance on the court impressed Orange Nation last year.
As a freshman, Grant was stuck behind Fair, James Southerland and Christmas in the forward rotation. When an academic issue sidelined Southerland in the middle of the season, Grant stepped in an performed admirably. In the six games Southerland was out, Grant averaged 9.8 points and 5.5 boards per game. He displayed tremendous athletic ability and a respectable shooting stroke (46.2 percent shooting on the season), and at 6'8" with a 7'2" wingspan, he was a valuable asset in the 2-3 zone that carried the team to the Final Four.
Grant has definitely earned his minutes this year, and with an increased role he will provide problems for teams trying to match up with all of Syracuse's length up front.