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Big programs coming after Jerrett

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Grant Jerrett plays with Belmont Shore AAU which is loaded with high-profile players like Cezar Guerrero and DeAndre Daniels so the 6-foot-7 power forward in the 2012 class wasn't the focal point this summer - which was fine with him.
Jerrett, a five-star prospect from La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran, did a good job of understanding his role on his team and it was one reason why Belmont Shore was so successful this summer.
Coach Dinos Trigonis hopes as Jerrett gets older he will be more assertive but that wasn't what was needed from him this summer. Still, major programs from across the country are already after Jerrett, rated as the fourth-best power forward and No. 12 overall by Rivals.com.
"Grant did a good job," Trigonis said. "Part of his situation was he was playing with four other high-major players. He has a tendency to not be a dominant personality yet and he did a good job picking his spots.
"One of the strengths he has is he doesn't force the issue. He doesn't force things. So sometimes that can be construed different ways, some people might think he's not being assertive enough.
"Others can see it that he's not forcing the issue, almost like he's contributing to the team rather than detracting from it."
His list of suitors is long and growing. Duke is now involved in his recruitment and the Blue Devils have stepped up their interest after seeing him on the summer circuit. Many other programs are now involved as well.
Arizona, USC, UCLA, Washington, Oklahoma, Colorado, UNLV, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Oregon, Cal, Kansas, Texas, Oregon State, Marquette, Washington State and West Virginia are all in the mix.
Not bad for someone just starting their junior year of high school.
"As he becomes older and becomes more of a focal point on his teams he'll hopefully assert more of a dominant personality and dominant presence," Trigonis said. "He did a good job this summer."
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