Notre Dame loses leading scorer Jerian Grant to ‘academic matter’
BY LaMOND POPE Sun-Times Media December 22, 2013 8:48PM
Updated: January 24, 2014 6:29AM
A rough weekend for the Notre Dame basketball team got even worse Sunday.
Guard Jerian Grant, the team’s leading scorer, announced in a statement he was no longer enrolled at the university because of “an academic matter I did not properly handle.”
“I take full responsibility for my lack of good judgment and the poor decision that I made,” Grant said. “I have no one to blame but myself for the situation. I know and understand the expectations that go with being a student at Notre Dame and I did not live up to those standards.”
Grant’s departure came less than 24 hours after the Irish suffered a crushing 64-61 loss to Ohio State at Madison Square Garden in New York to fall to 8-4. Notre Dame led by eight with 1:56 remaining.
Grant averaged 19 points per game. He was selected to he preseason All-ACC team. Now Notre Dame will enter its first year in the conference without its top player.
“My parents have always stressed the importance of a great education and I was on schedule to graduate in May 2014 with my degree in sociology from the College of Arts and Letters,” Grant said. “Upon graduation from DeMatha Catholic High School, my selection of Notre Dame was more than just a basketball decision. I made the choice to be a student-athlete at this university because of the impact a Notre Dame education and degree would have on my professional career.
“Most importantly, I have established myself as a leader on the basketball team and this situation significantly impacts my teammates and coaches. They have been such an integral part of my life since coming to Notre Dame. I was looking forward to being in the lineup when our team started play in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I apologize to them publicly and regret that I will not be there with and for them in the upcoming months, but I am confident that they will have great success for the remainder of the season.”
Grant plans on returning to the school.
“I intend to do whatever it takes to earn my degree and finish out my college basketball career here,” Grant said. “I understand that there is a process that I must go through in order to come back to school and I will be patient with that process.”