Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC had early interest in Arizona's Grant Jerrett

BY JOHN ROHDE Published: June 29, 2013

The 6-foot-10, 232-pound Jerrett is most effective at the stretch-4 position thanks to a deft outside shooting touch. “I've always worked on (shooting) ever since I was little,” said Jerrett, who shot 40.5 percent from 3-point range last season and 81.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks often has expressed the need for a corner-3 shooting presence, a role Jerrett potentially could fill.

In a unique statistical combination, Jerrett led Arizona in 3-point shooting and blocked shots last season and admits he must add strength to become a more well-rounded power forward.

“We see him as a player who definitely can stretch the floor at that position,” Presti said. “He shoots the ball incredibly easy, and at a young age. The other thing about him that we've really been intrigued with is he's got a real sense of awareness on the floor, a great savvy offensively for a young player.”

After Jerrett's modest showing as a freshman, was Presti surprised at Jerrett's early entry into the NBA Draft?

“We've never really looked at it like, ‘Who's going to put their name in?' ” Presti said. “It's our job to prepare for everybody. That's always how we've kind of looked at it.”

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