As one of only two players on his La Verne Lutheran team above 6’6″, Grant Jerrett is accustomed to shouldering the load in the paint. And given Arizona’s lack of size this season, Jerrett has the potential to contribute early when he arrives on campus next year.
“We were a little undersized this year, so that changes how you play and what you’re going to do against opponents,” Jerrett told PGU. “Next year I think adding Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski, and myself will help make us bigger in the post and it’ll give the team a different look. Angelo Chol is also a really talented player, he’s an incredible shot blocker. Our practices should be really competitive.”
The first member of Arizona’s #1 ranked 2012 recruiting class, Jerrett says the notoriety hasn’t affected any of the future Wildcats.
“It’s nice to be recognized as a great class, but it’s not like it changes how we’re going to play on the court,” he said. “No matter what we’re ranked, we’re all going to come in and work hard. It doesn’t really mean anything until we show what we can do on the court.”
Jerrett has played with and against fellow California native Brandon Ashley throughout his career, but he also has a good relationship with Kaleb Tarczewski and Gabe York, another California product.
“Gabe was actually the second one of us to commit, he’s a phenomenal player,” he said. “He’s got crazy athleticism and he can really shoot the ball. He’s quick and he can handle the ball too, so he’s a great guard and it’s going to be great playing with him.”
“Brandon and Kaleb are great guys, and they’re really talented too,” Jerrett added. “Brandon’s so versatile and can hurt you in so many ways, I’ve played against him a lot so I know how good he is. I haven’t seen Kaleb play as much but he’s really good though, it’s going to make us both better players to practice with each other and learn from each other.”
Jerrett saw a lot of schools before making his decision, but he knew immediately after visiting Arizona that he wanted to go to college there.
“I loved it when I was on campus,” he said, “I didn’t want to leave.”
And though it’s still months away from Jerrett’s freshman season, he says he’s excited to start his collegiate career.
“I’m really looking forward to putting on that Arizona jersey and playing basketball at that level,” he said. “During the season I’m focused on winning games and we’re trying to win the CIF title, but it’s definitely something that I’m excited about.”