A brave new world

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Exeter senior Julia Grant signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Ottawa University next season. Front row, from left: Jennifer Grant, Adam Grant, Julia Grant and Betsy Grant. Second row: Exeter Coach Scott Stephens and Ottawa University Coach Bruce Tate. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Exeter senior announces college intentions

Excitement filled the air at Exeter High School as senior Julia Grant signed a national letter of intent binding her to Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan., this fall.

The senior, in front of friends, family and coaches, said this was a dream come true.

“I have a passion for [basketball] and have always loved the game,” Grant said. “Honestly, I never thought I would make it this far. It is a feeling that I can’t explain. It is a whole new level, and I’m ready to experience it.”

Grant has been a stalwart for the Lady Tigers, and Exeter Coach Scott Stephens believes that will carry her to great things at the next level.

“She brings passion, skill, leadership and just about everything a coach could ask to tell you the truth,” Stephens said. “Her shot will translate in any league. She has great range, quickness and ball movement. I have no doubts she will be successful at the next level.”

Grant is averaging 21 points, 4 steals and 2 assists per game for the Lady Tigers this season.

She chose Ottawa over Missouri Western, Missouri Southern and Northwest Missouri.

“I made two campus visits to Ottawa, and each time, it felt like home,” Grant said. “I felt a connection, and it felt like the right thing to do.”

Ottawa Coach Bruce Tate said Grant was the first piece to his next recruiting class.

“We had an opportunity to see her at the NAIA Showcase last summer, and her passion for the game was evident,” Tate said. “Guard play at the collegiate level is extremely important, and we see her helping us there. She has all the characteristics that we like in our players.”

Grant is the daughter of Adam Grant, of Crane, and Betsy Grant, of Hollister.

Grant plans to major in biology and eventually become a veterinarian.

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