Brownell, Tigers win head-to-head vs. Michigan for 6-8 wing Donte Grantham

Four-star prospect will become Brownell's highest-rated signee yet

Donte Grantham (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

Donte Grantham (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

Clemson's steadfast pursuit of Donte Grantham has paid off in a commitment from the four-star, former West Virginia high school standout.

The 6-8 wing forward is rated as the No. 66 player in the nation by Rivals - the high-rated player yet signed by Clemson coach Brad Brownell.

Grantham, who is attending Hargrave Military Academy this fall, emerged as one of Clemson's top recruiting targets last spring. Grantham, however, decided to go the prep school route to help enhance his recruiting standing.

The battle eventually came down to Clemson and 2013 NCAA runner-up Michigan, which made a hard push for the skilled wing.

Grantham is rated by 247Sports as the nation's No. 14 small forward and No. 63 player overall.

After averaging 18 points and nine rebounds for a state championship team as a junior at Martinsburg High, he earned West Virginia high school player of the year honors as a senior. In addition to Clemson and Michigan, he also had offers from UConn, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Texas.

He is the second commitment for Clemson's 2014 class, joining guard Gabe DeVoe of Shelby, N.C.

In its evaluation of Grantham, Scout.com says:

"Grantham projects as a long-term wing and an immediate combo forward. He's a lithe, fluid athlete who's very coordinated and possesses outstanding ball skills. He handles very well for a 6-7 player and is a talented, slick passer who keeps his head up and sees the entire floor. But his height and solid frame also enable him play inside. Grantham is a very capable rebounder and should become a fine defender as well outside and in."

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