Grant Jerrett spent a year at Arizona, was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 40th overall pick, never signed with the team and was picked No. 1 overall in the D-League draft by the Thunder's affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers, after they moved up the draft via trade.
Jerrett made a head-scratching decision to leave the Wildcats after his freshman season, but his path has never seemed to stray in the direction of mistake. That became more the case when the Thunder called him up from Tulsa on Monday and signed him for the remainder of the season, including what is expected to be a deep playoff run, despite Jerrett's NBA game experience sitting at zero minutes.
It might seem like a lot of faith is being put on a player for little reason, but Jerrett produced in the D-League and is one project of a franchise that's known for putting its eggs in the player development basket. Jerrett averaged 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 30 minutes per game with the 66ers and down the road could give Oklahoma City a three-point shooting threat from the power forward position.
This year in Tulsa, he's done a bit of damage outside the arc but has also been efficient enough scoring at the rim.
Oklahoma City has made similar signings in the past, and though neither of those players -- Robert Vaden and former Wildcat Mustafa Shakur -- played in the postseason, Jerrett could stand to see how the Thunder operate in their most focused and intense moments.