Washington State Signs First Player in Dick Bennett Era
May 14, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Anthony Grant from College of Eastern Utah has signed a National Letter of Intent for men's basketball, Cougar Head Coach Dick Bennett announced Wednesday.
'What a welcome addition Anthony is to the future of Washington State basketball,' Bennett said. 'He is a very sound and smart player, the kind we need here. He has been prepared well by his high school and junior college coaches.'
Grant spent one season in junior college where he averaged 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists last season. He was named First Team All-Region XIII. The 6-foot-5 guard connected on 81 three-point attempts.
'Anthony is a very skilled player and shoots the ball extremely well,' College of Eastern Utah Head Coach Bryan Zollinger said. 'He is a very good defender and moves well without the ball.'
Grant played his prep ball at Seattle's Franklin High. He was a three-year letter winner for the Quakers and helped them reach the Class 4A state tournament during his sophomore and senior seasons. He was a two-time first team All-KingCo selection and was named both first team all-state and first team all-state tournament during his senior campaign. He averaged nearly 17 points and just over five rebounds per outing as a senior.
'Anthony does not know how to play any way but hard,' Franklin Head Coach Jason Kerr said. 'He will fit perfectly in coach Bennett's system.'
Grant, who chose WSU over Hawaii, Penn State and Weber State, said, 'I am just excited about the opportunity to be close to home and to have the opportunity to help turn the program around. I remember when (coach Bennett) was at Wisconsin and what he did for that school.'
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