The Ole Miss basketball program has added its second commitment to the 2021 class now that Sparta, Tenn. native Grant Slatten has verbally committed, via Twitter. The White County High School product chose the Rebels over early offers from the aforementioned Lobos of New Mexico, Morehead State, Tennessee Tech, and USF.
Despite the light offer sheet, Slatten has been running roughshod over the AAU circuit this summer with the Tennessee chapter of Elite Amateur Basketball, garnering interest from programs like Florida, Florida State, Purdue, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech.
As a junior at White County, the newest Rebel commit averaged 26.8 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.9 steals per game, leading the Warriors to a 20-9 record.
Rivals’ national basketball analyst Corey Evans likes what he’s seen from Slatten during 2020’s delayed and shortened AAU season, calling him a “sneaky good pickup for the Rebels...one of the summer breakouts with a bouncy, good sized and skilled guard.”
Slatten joins four-star guard Daeshun Ruffin in Davis’ 2021 class, giving the Rebels a stark contrast in the backcourt for the coming years.
How does he fit in?
The 6’6, 190-pounder is going to be a fun Hyde to Ruffin’s Jekyl. Slatten is active on defense, jumping into passing lanes for fastbreak opportunities and he has some juice to him when in transition. His jump shot is effortless, utilizing a quick release and high-arching trajectory. His athleticism lends to helping him get to the bucket with ease and he won’t hesitate to put one on your head.
The frame and hops play, but the jumper is what is enticing here. Ole Miss needs a shooter after losing Blake Hinson to the transfer portal and Devontae Shuler exhausting his eligibility after the 2020-2021 season. 2020 signee Matthew Murrell is a big-bodied guard who is sure to play a ton this season and Grant could be a nice bench player to spell Murrell in 2021-2022 when he arrives on campus.
Slatten gives you a long, athletic jump-shooter who can make plays on defense and get to the hoop.
He can also do this.