Donte' Grantham (with ball) led Martinsburg to the 2013 state title.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Martinsburg's Donte' Grantham, the reigning state player of the year in boys basketball, has decided to attend Clemson, ending a drawn-out recruiting process.
The 6-foot-7 Grantham, who led the Bulldogs to the 2013 Class AAA state championship at the Charleston Civic Center last winter and now plays for Hargrave Military Academy, a prep school in Virginia, made his announcement via Twitter.
"This decision was the hardest of my life,'' Grantham said on Twitter. "I just want to thank everybody back home [in] Martinsburg for your help and here at Hargrave.''
Grantham, who averaged 18.1 points and 9.1 rebounds as a senior at Martinsburg, was heavily recruited by Division I schools, including West Virginia, but failed to make a choice by the national letter-of-intent signing period in April. He then opted to attend Hargrave and effectively put his recruitment on hold.
Before the signing period expired, the schools most often mentioned as possible destinations for Grantham included WVU, Clemson, George Mason, James Madison, Radford and Marshall. In June, Grantham told the Gazette he was in touch with Indiana, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Miami (Fla.), Maryland, Clemson and Cincinnati.
Grantham is coveted for his all-around skills. He stepped out to the 3-point line and knocked down 33 shots as a senior at Martinsburg. He became the first player in school history to reach 1,000 career points and 500 rebounds, finishing with 1,067 points and 600-plus boards.
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