CLEMSON, S.C. – Georgia College & State University men’s basketball alumnus Earl Grant (1998-2000) was named assistant men’s basketball coach at Clemson University April 26. Grant, who spent the last three seasons as an assistant at Wichita State University, was an integral part of two of the best teams in program history.
Grant played for two NCAA Tournament qualifying teams in his two seasons at Georgia College, including the 1999-2000 Elite Eight run. That season, he was named First Team All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC).
Grant had spent time on Division I coaching staffs at The Citadel and Winthrop University before going to Wichita State. He helped both WSU and Winthrop to NCAA Tournament appearances.
Clemson head coach Brad Brownell had high praise for the former Bobcat.
“He’s worked for a very good coach in successful programs. He knows what it takes to win. He’s a guy who’s wanted to be at Clemson. He’s got an affinity for this place. He’s a rising star in our business because of how hard he works and the contacts he makes in recruiting. He’s a great father and is a guy who has a good knowledge of the game.”
Clemson men’s basketball was 21-11 with a 9-7 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2009-10. The Tigers went to the NCAA Tournament, falling in the first round 86-78 to the University of Missouri.
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