Sickness Will Prevent Syracuse's Jerami Grant From Playing For Team USA

USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse sophomore forward will not participate in the U19 World Championships because of mononucleosis.

And then there was one.

Less than a month ago, it seemed like the Syracuse Orange basketball program would be well represented this summer on the global stage, as senior forward C.J. Fair and sophomore forward Jerami Grant were going to play for their respective Team USA squads and incoming freshman Tyler Ennis was going to play for the under-19 Canadian National Team. Oh, and lets not forget head coach Jim Boeheim agreed to return as an assistant under Mike Krzyzewski for the Olympic team.

However, in a three week span the Orange are down to just one representative -- Ennis -- as Fair decided to bypass an opportunity with the under-20 squad because of personal reasons and Grant, who made the U19 team and actually traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, is no longer on the U19 team because of a sickness -- mononucleosis.

"I'm disappointed and feel bad for Jerami," said USA U19 World Championship team head coach Billy Donovan. "Unfortunately, even since the tryouts he just never seemed himself; it seemed like he was ailing -- he had a sore throat, then it was strep throat and nothing really helped; we even got him on penicillin and we took him for some bloodwork and it came back mono.

"I feel bad for him, one, because he can't play; two, we're already here (in Prague). It's one of those things you wish for him that we could have found this out in Colorado, but obviously there was no way of knowing that."

Grant's Team USA squad is schedule to begin World Championship play Thursday against the Ivory Coast. Meanwhile, Ennis and Team Canada will take on Spain at 7:15 p.m. ET.

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