The Pacers tipped off their NBA draft workouts on Monday which included a group of guards that can get buckets. Notre Dame's Jerian Grant was the best known of those prospects although Murray State's Cameron Payne was the most intriguing.
Much of the media attention was on Payne and his rise up draft boards around the league after entering the draft from a small school. The unknown and youth creates coveted upside in a prospect like Payne, while a more known commodity like Grant is taken for, ahem, granted.
While speaking with Dan Dakich on 1070 The Fan following the workout, Grant didn't tip toe around a question about how he fared at the Fieldhouse workout.
DD: Did you kick the hell out of the people you played against?
Jerian Grant: I think so. I think I played well and I think I competed the way I should have.
So while Grant didn't specifically say he kicked the hell out of the competition, he was quick to answer in the affirmative when set up by DD.
Larry Bird has shown a penchant for more experienced players and Grant would be a great fit with the Pacers depending on how the draft falls (not to mention the draft lottery). With good size and fearless play-making ability, Grant is already an adult ready for an adult league. Just listen to the full interview with Dakich.
As Candace Buckner reported, Grant can see himself fitting in nicely with the Pacers and their backcourt playing rotation, also understanding he has to consistently knock down shots at the next level.
"I think I bring a lot of playmaking skills. Get guys better looks and just making the guys around me a lot better," Grant said. "It's something that will definitely fit my game, being able to play with George Hill, play on or off the ball; it's something that I've done my whole career so I feel like I'll fit in right away."
Grant is waiting until after the draft lottery before setting up any more individual team workouts.