Grant earns back-to-back all-state nods

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MOUNT OLIVE — The postseason honors continued to trickle in for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke men’s basketball team on Tuesday when senior Nigel Grant was one of 10 players decorated with all-state recognition by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA).

The announcement marked the seventh time in the last nine years that the Braves have sent at least one representative to the squad. UNCP was one of just nine in-state schools to have a student-athlete recognized in Monday’s announcement. It is the second-straight year that Grant has been lauded with the honor.

A native of The Bronx, N.Y., Grant played in all 33 games, with 32 starts, for the Braves this season and registered a team-leading 16 points per game on 47 percent field goal shooting, while also turning in one blocks and one assists per game as well. The first team all-conference and all-district selection and PBC Tournament most valuable player scored 10 or more points in 28 outings in 2017-18 and logged nine double-double performances as well. He also tallied multiple blocks in nine contests as well.

A two-year starter and two-time all-league selection for the Braves after playing his first two seasons at Polk State in Winter Haven, Fla., Grant played in 65 games, with 63 starts, over his career for the Braves and averaged 15.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game on 49.2 percent field goal shooting. His 527 points this season were the most by a UNCP player since Bryden registered 616 during an all-American campaign in 1995-96.

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