Jacqui Grant graduated from DePaul in 2017 after a stellar faculty profession, however the Park Ridge native wasn’t fairly completed with basketball.
Whereas she is not taking part in, the previous Maine South star continues her love of the sport at College of Nebraska at Omaha as an assistant coach for the ladies’s basketball crew.
She was employed to the brand new place July 31 as she tries to assist flip round a program that went 7-23 the yr earlier than. The Mavericks are off to a 1-Three begin this season, however the video games have all been shut besides the season opening 69-43 loss to No. 15 Iowa State. They beat Northern Colorado 66-64 within the second recreation of the season. The sport in opposition to Air Pressure for Dec. 1 was canceled.
Grant obtained a particular deal with Sunday, Dec. 6 throughout a highway recreation in opposition to Illinois. Grant started her faculty basketball profession at Illinois, the place she performed 55 video games (54 begins) and contributed with 608 factors and 348 rebounds in two seasons.
She stays within the Illinois report guide in just a few classes. Her 47 steals as a freshman in 2013-14 are the eighth most in Illinois historical past by a freshman participant. Grant can be tied for fifth in Illini historical past for offensive rebounds in a single recreation, knocking down 10 in opposition to Bradley Nov. 8, 2013.
Listed at 6-3, Grant was additionally in a position to make use of her peak to a bonus. She led Illinois in blocks (33) for the 2013-14 season.
She earned Educational All-Massive Ten honors as a sophomore in 2014-15 and earned the Illini’s most improved participant award in 2014 with Fremd alum Ashley McConnell.
The sport in opposition to Illinois didn’t fairly pan out the best way Grant hoped as her Omaha crew fell 53-50.
Omaha returned to the court docket Saturday, Dec. 12 at Kansas State, however the Mavericks misplaced 66-59.
With COVID-19 nonetheless round, issues can change, however Omaha is scheduled for 18 extra video games this season. That features eight doubleheaders in opposition to Summit League groups.
Earlier than this season, Grant was a video coordinator at DePaul for the 2019-20 season. She was a graduate supervisor at South Florida beginning in 2017, the place she earned her grasp’s diploma. She returned to her house state to take the video coordinator place at DePaul.
Grant was capable of depart her mark on not one or two faculties, however three in her storied taking part in profession.
She was first crew IBCA All-State at Maine South Excessive College, the place she graduated because the No. 2 all-time main scorer (1,522 factors) and rebounder (819 boards) in program historical past. Grant was a part of the Hawks crew that completed third at state in Class 4A in 2011 and certified for super-sectionals in 2013.
Grant was ranked the No. 28 finest energy ahead and No. 108 general participant within the nation within the class of 2013 by Blue Star. She was a 3 time all-Central Suburban League choice. Grant additionally earned Freshman of the 12 months honors within the CSL in 2010. She was invited to the USA Basketball U-16 crew tryouts in 2010.
After Maine South she performed for Illinois for 2 seasons earlier than transferring to DePaul to play her remaining two seasons. Grant picked up DePaul’s Shirley Becker Educational Award and Pat Ewers Unsung Hero Award as a junior, her first yr in this system. She was a two-time Massive East all-academic choice and made her mark on the court docket as effectively.
Grant scored 678 factors in her two seasons with DePaul, the place she performed 66 video games and made 64 begins. She ranks No. 11 at DePaul in profession blocks with 76, regardless of taking part in simply two seasons. She’s tied for 11th in profession rebounding common at 6.9 for DePaul.
Grant’s 57 blocks in 2016-17 are No. 7 in single season blocks for the Blue Demons. She additionally blocked 7 pictures in opposition to Temple Dec. 15, 2016, which is tied for fifth most blocks in a single recreation at DePaul. She was the 2017 Massive East Defensive Participant of the 12 months.
She completed her faculty profession with 1,286 factors and 802 rebounds.
Now, Grant is targeted on serving to the subsequent era of gamers make their very own mark in faculty and past. If her profession so far is any indication, search for her to proceed to develop as a coach and achieve success.
Grant’s Profession Stats:
Sr.: 35 video games (35 begins), 40-137 (Three pt), 298 rebounds, 58 assists, 57 blocks, 35 steals, 412 pts.
Jr.: 31 video games (29 begins), 20-63 (Three pt), 156 rebounds, 29 assists, 19 blocks, 21 steals, 266 pts.
So.: 31 video games (30 begins), 16-81 (Three pt), 211 rebounds, 40 assists, 28 blocks, 29 steals, 296 pts.
Fr.: 24 video games (24 begins), 20-64 (Three pt), 137 rebounds, 20 assists, 33 blocks, 47 steals, 312 pts.
Complete: 121 video games (118 begins), 96-of-345 (Three pt.), 802 rebounds, 147 assists, 137 blocks, 132 steals, 1,286 factors
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