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Grantham declares for NBA Draft

The Clemson Insider has learned Clemson forward Donte Grantham entered his name into the NBA Draft. Grantham had until this past Monday to declare for the draft, which he did in time.

Like former Clemson player Jaron Blossomgame did last year, Grantham is going to test the draft waters and see where he is at. He will attend the NBA Combine and if he wants to return to Clemson he will announce it after the combine. The Martinsburg, West Virginia native has not signed with an agent.

TCI has been told Grantham received a second round-to-undrafted grade from the NBA’s draft advisory board. Grantham has 10 days from the end of the NBA combine to withdraw his name from the draft. The NBA Draft Combine will be held May 9-14 this year. Grantham will have until May 24 to withdraw his name from the draft.

The 2017 NBA Draft will be held on June 22. On January 13, 2016, the NCAA passed a rule allowing underclassmen to declare for the draft with the ability to come back to school as long as they followed the below guidelines.

  • Declaration for the draft no longer results in automatic loss of college eligibility. As long as a player does not sign a contract with a professional team outside the NBA, or sign with an agent, he will retain college eligibility as long as he makes a timely withdrawal from the draft.
  • NCAA players now have until 10 days after the end of the NBA Draft Combine to withdraw from the draft.
  • NCAA players may participate in the draft combine, and will also be allowed to attend one tryout per year with each NBA team without losing college eligibility.
  • NCAA players may now enter and withdraw from the draft up to two times without loss of eligibility. Previously, the NCAA treated a second declaration of draft eligibility as a permanent loss of college eligibility.

Last year, Blossomgame worked out for seven teams and took part in the NBA Draft Combine over a three week period. He worked out (in order) for the Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns.

In late May, he withdrew his name from consideration and decided to return to Clemson for his senior year. Like Blossomgame did, Grantham will be required by NCAA rules to maintain his eligibility by understanding what he can and cannot do when he goes and works out for NBA teams.

Grantham played in 33 games last year and started 32 of them. He averaged 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 2016-’17. He shot 38.3 percent from the field and 74.2 percent from the foul line.

The rising senior’s best game this year came against Xavier when he scored 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting. He also scored 19 against Mercer and 15 against Virginia Tech.

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