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Grant Explains Decision to Leave Nova


Malcolm Grant

In an interview last week given to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, former Nova reserve point guard, Malcolm Grant, explains his decision to leave Villanova after the 2007-2008 season. Navarro writes, "Grant thought he was heading somewhere with the Wildcats. In 29 games, he started four times and averaged 5.6 points and 1.4 assists while shooting a team-leading 46.6 percent from three-point range. He provided a season-high 23 points [in 18 minutes] in a [loss to] Rutgers, and scored 18 points during the final seven minutes of an improbable comeback victory over LSU. Then Coach Jay Wright sat Grant the rest of his freshman season."

"Coach made a decision and his decision was not to play me anymore," said Grant, who was sharing time in a talented backcourt with Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher. "He told me `I need you to sacrifice. If you can’t, you have to do what’s best for you. I did. Now, I’m [at Miami]."

Grant appears to be adapting well in Miami. Coach Frank Haith says of Grant, "He might be the loudest guy I’ve ever coached. But I love him. And [Miami fans are] going to love him, too."