Xavier Hall-of-Famer Brian Grant, who played for Xavier from 1990-94, will have his jersey retired during Saturday's game against Temple.
Jan. 18, 2011
CINCINNATI --- Brian Grant, 1994 Xavier University graduate, will become the fourth former XU men's basketball player to have his jersey retired in ceremonies at halftime of Xavier's 3 p.m. game with Temple at Cintas Center. Number "33" left a legacy as a winner on and off the court at Xavier, during his long NBA career and since his retirement.
Grant, Xavier's fourth all-time leading rebounder (1,080) and ninth all-time leading scorer (1,719), holds the school career record for field goal percentage (.594) for players that played at least three years. Grant, two-time Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year, earned national honors from the Associated Press and Basketball Times. During Grant's career Xavier won MCC regular season championships in 1991, 1993 and 1994, the 1991 MCC Tournament Championship, NCAA Tournament Second Round appearances in 1991 and 1993 and an NIT Quarterfinalist appearance in 1994.
Grant was Xavier's highest ever NBA Draft selection at eighth overall by Sacramento in 1994. Grant, winner of the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, was a leader and role model at Xavier, during his 12-year NBA career and since his retirement.
Grant was a teammate of current XU head coach Chris Mack for three years at Xavier beginning with Mack's redshirt transfer year of 1990-91.
After Grant's jersey is retired on Saturday, there will be only four men's basketball players who have had their jerseys retired at Xavier, including number "33" Brian Grant (`94) on Jan. 22, 2011, number "23" Byron Larkin (`88) on February 8, 1990, number "42" Tyrone Hill ('90) on Feb. 4, 1996 and number "30" David West ('03) while he was still an active player on his Senior Day on March 8, 2003. Larkin, Xavier's all-time leading scorer with 2,696 career points, was a 1987-88 Scripps Howard and UPI Second Team All-American and a 1987-88 AP Third Team All-American. Hill, Xavier's all-time leading rebounder with 1,380 career rebounds and fourth all-time leading scorer with 2,003 career points, was Xavier's first-ever NBA Draft "lottery pick" in 1990. West, Xavier's second all-time leading scorer with 2,132 career points and third all-time leading rebounder with 1,308 career boards, was the 2003 National Player of the Year.