Mitch Grant has quietly gone about his business all season for East’s boys basketball team, and that was once again the case on Monday.
The junior scored 10 points, grabbed nine rebounds and played solid defense in another consistent, and unsung performance.
“Mitch has had some games where he’s really shot the ball well, and done some different things well. When he’s playing an all-around game, that’s when he’s the best,” said East coach Skip Lowe.
Lowe scored eight of his 10 points in the first half, including two 3-pointers for the red-hot Leopards, but his coach thought his contributions defensively in the second half were perhaps more important.
“In second half he did a better job on (A.J.) Hodges than what we did in the first half. Hodges is a heck of a game,” said Lowe about Murray’s freshman guard.
Grant averages 12.9 points and 5.1 rebounds for East, and he’s playing some of his best basketball late in the year.
His coach isn’t surprised.
“Mitch has taken on that role. I knew he was going to have to do that this year, and we’re expecting big things from him next year,” said Lowe. “He has really come along, and people have to guard (Parker Van Dyke) so hard that other guys on the team sometimes get open.”
Van Dyke finished with 29 points on Monday, and Grant is the first to admits that success is a big reason he’s been successful all season.
“He sucks a lot of pressure toward him, it really takes a lot off me and leaves me open. That’s why I think I’m a lot more successful,” said Grant.
Grant is definitely no stranger to basketball. His dad is cousins with former University of Utah great Josh Grant, and basketball is something that has always just ran in the family.
“All of us are just basketball players, none of us have done other sports. We just love basketball, said Grant.
His second-cousins Hayden Grant and Garrett Grant both play for Woods Cross.