Grant Jerrett played just one season at Arizona before declaring for the 2013 NBA Draft. Many people expected Jerrett to transfer once he caught wind of Aaron Gordon coming to the Wildcats, but his decision was to enter the draft, for better or worse.
Jerrett didn’t have much success in his freshman (and only) season in college. He played in 34 games, but started in only two of them, while also only seeing the floor for 17 minutes per game. While on the floor, he averaged just 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and one block per game while shooting just 40.9 percent from the floor, but also shooting 40.5 percent from three from the power forward position. That little production was enough to have him selected with the 40th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers.
On draft night, though, Jerrett was dealt almost immediately to the Oklahoma City Thunder for cash considerations. In the months between the draft and training camp, there was no word on Jerrett reaching a deal with the Thunder. As Jerrett wasn’t in attendance at Thunder media day, though, we found out why.
According to Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman, Jerrett plans to sign with the D-League’s Tulsa 66ers for this season, rather than try to make the Thunder’s roster at training camp. Doing so will allow the Thunder to retain his draft rights instead of OKC potentially having to cut him after training camp.
Ultimately, the D-League seems like the best move for Jerrett. There’s no doubt he has potential as a stretch four, but at just 19 years old he still needs time to develop his game before he could be a reliable contributor for the Thunder. Playing in Tulsa will allow him to further grow as a player, which will benefit him and OKC in the long run.
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