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Friday, April 8, 2005

"Once you have learned how to ask questions, you have learned how to learn."

--Neil Postman, journalism scholar (1931-2003)

USU JCOM NEWS NOTE: THE JCOM Department celebrates the Class of 2005 Friday with JDay, showcasing the best of student work in print and
broadcast journalism, the Web, photo, and public relations. Followed by the annual JCOM Awards Banquet--student awards, 2005-06 scholarship winner, speaker Robert Kirby of the Salt Lake Tribune, all with fine dining. For information or reservations, contact the USU JCOM Department at or 435-797-3292.

Greg Grant, Aggies' all-time scorer, thanks fans for recognizing his hard work on the court

By Megan Roe

March 4, 2005 | Nearly 19 years after playing basketball as an Aggie, the school's all-time leading scorer, Greg Grant, can still remember his best moment on the court.

"We played BYU in Logan. I was lucky enough to steal the ball twice in the final moments, and win the game," Grant said.

He also remembers his best slam-dunk. The 6-foot-7 forward said he posted up a player 3 inches taller than him, then spun around another 6-foot-10 player and dunked the ball.

One memory he will never forget is halftime at USU's game against Long Beach State on Feb. 24, 2005. Grant was named to the Utah State all-century basketball team followed by a standing ovation from Aggie fans. Also, his jersey, No. 5, was retired and is now hanging from the Smith Spectrum press box alongside the jerseys of Wayne Estes (33) and Bert Cook (6).

"It was a warm feeling, very flattering," Grant said. "It was nice because I had worked hard and they recognized that hard work."

In his USU career, from 1983 to 1986, Grant scored 2,127 points. He also leads USU in steals with 226 and is second in rebounds with 1,003.

In 1984, Grant tried out for the Olympic team. He remembers not being impressed with Michael Jordan, the NCAA player of the year, recalling that Utah's Devin Durrant dunked on Jordan during the tryouts.

After college, Grant was drafted by the Detroit Pistons but was cut after two weeks. He then played in Spain for a year. He returned to Utah and he is working at the Salt Lake City International airport as an air traffic controller. He still plays basketball in recreational leagues. He said he can still dunk, though it's illegal in his league.

Grant said he doesn't watch much basketball on TV or go to many games, but he does enjoy watching the Aggies play when he gets a chance. He said he was impressed with Spencer Nelson, who is also a member of the all-century team. Grant called him a "smart" player.

A few things have changed since he played college ball. Grant said the game has become a lot more physical. He said referees allow a lot more hand-checking. Also, he prefers shorter shorts than the current long and baggy style.

Remembering his basketball experience, Grant said another reason he loved USU was because of its social atmosphere.

"It was such a great experience," Grant said. "My advice to the students now is, just enjoy it because it goes by so fast."

Still, to Grant, these memories don't even match up to the happiest moment in his life.

"My best experience was when my daughter was born," Grant said. "No, maybe it was when she said, 'Dad, you were right.'" But that's only happened once."


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