Illinois took on Alcorn State on Sunday, November 17th at State Farm Center.
Ranked the No. 28 power forward and No. 108th overall player in the nation in the class of 2013 by Blue Star ... Named a first-team All-State selection by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and Champaign News-Gazette ... Named a second-team All-State selection by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times ... Three-time All-Central Suburban League selection ... Finished second in Maine South history in scoring (1,522) and rebounding (819) ... Led Maine South to a 27-6 record and a berth in the IHSA Class 4A supersectional in 2012-13, averaging 14.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game ... Led Maine South in scoring (13.1 ppg), rebounding (6.4 rpg) and blocked shots (2.2 bpg) in 2011-12 ... Helped the Hawks to a third-place finish in the 2011 IHSA Class 4A state tournament, averaging 11.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game in 2010-11 ... Was the Central Suburban League Freshman of the Year in 2010 ... Was invited to the USA Basketball U-16 team tryouts in 2010 ... Also received scholarship offers to play softball in college ... High school basketball coach was Mark Smith.
Born Aug. 28, 1995 ... Parents are Josh Grant and Tina and Tom Grusecki ... One of nine children ... Plans to major in education ... Hopes to teach and coach after graduation.