There's no arguing who Syracuse basketball's best player is going to be entering the 2013-14 campaign, but there will be talks about who could be the second best. For those in the Jerami Grant camp, well, SB Nation's Mike Rutherford is on your side as he ranked the sophomore forward the 94th-best player in the nation heading into the new season.
94. Jerami Grant, SO, F, Syracuse
After playing an extremely limited role during the first half of the season, Grant proved he was a Big East (now ACC) caliber player when he was asked to step up during starting guard James Southerland's suspension. He scored in double figures in back-to-back wins over Villanova and Louisville, and netted 14 in a win over his brother Jerian's Notre Dame squad. He enters his sophomore campaign as the biggest x-factor on a Syracuse squad that features a mix of proven veterans like C.J. Fair and Rakeem Christmas, and some highly-touted newcomers like point guard Tyler Ennis.
Grant was ranked ahead of last year's Big East Rookie of the Year JaKarr Sampson from St. John's, but behind players like Louisville's Wayne Blackshear (No. 93), Villanova's JayVaughn Pinkston (91) and Kentucky freshman James Young (83).
SB Nation is going to roll out the rest of the rankings as the season get closer. Keep in mind that these lists are very hard to make and if you want to make a big stink about Grant being two or three spots behind other players you can do so, but is it really worth your time?
Anyway, it is nice to see Grant get some early-season publicity. Hopefully, by season's end we can look back and say, he was ranked way too low.