Grant Jerrett is considered one of the top power forwards on the West Coast but the 2012 prospect said he's not getting caught up in rankings or hype. All the La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran recruit wants to do is get better and stay focused on improving his game.
"I truly don't care about that stuff," Jerrett said. "I just work as hard as I can because I want to be the best player I can be."
Jerrett, a long, lanky 6-foot-8, 180-pounder, plays well beyond his years, doesn't make a ton of mistakes playing against top 17-under talent and runs the floor well for a player his size. He still could get a little nastier going after rebounds but that aggressiveness should come with time.
He has all the physical tools to be a special player. The southern California recruit has incredibly long arms, a good mid-range game, can finish close to the basket and runs the floor well.
His length reminds some of Tayshaun Prince except Jerrett doesn't often float to the perimeter. He stays in the paint and battles and usually comes out on top. He's also more developed physically than Prince at the same stage.
Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, UCLA, USC, UNLV and Fresno State is an early list for Jerrett, who said he's in no hurry to make a decision and that he's willing to listen to any school that's interested in him. Recruiting will run its course, Jerrett said, he's more focused on getting better.
"I'm fine with it all," Jerrett said. "It's not a big deal. I'm just waiting to make a decision later on. I'm just going to listen to what my coach says. Any school that has interest in me, I'm interested in them."
Playing with Belmont Shore this AAU season can only help. Jerrett is learning from Texas commit DeAndre Daniels, from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, and Mission Viejo (Calif.) Capistrano Valley forward Kevin Panzer in the frontcourt.
Having Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco prospect Cezar Guerrero running the show is a big bonus, too, because when Jerrett is open he's confident Guerrero, one of the West's top point guards, will deliver the ball. Jerrett has top players around him to show him the ropes and the power forward is soaking it all up.
"It's really easy, it's fun, it's entertaining," Jerrett said of playing with Guerrero. "It's really a lot of fun."