"I think it's because the big-time schools came [recruiting] this year,'' he said, "and it all happened late. I didn't have a long time to make my decision on official visits or anything. I only took one to Clemson, so I didn't have time, really.
"I think a prep school will give me time to visit schools and think it out instead of rushing somewhere I didn't want to go. A prep school will only help me get better.''
Even exiled to a brand of basketball limbo, Grantham still remains the keynote player in tonight's North-South tussle, which is sponsored by the West Virginia Athletic Directors Association.
The only other Division I player in the game is South guard Luke Eddy of George Washington (Elon), and the only other Class AAA first-team all-stater is the North's Travis Tomer (University).
Each team lost potential first-team all-staters from the original rosters released in April - the South with Chase Connor (Shady Spring) and Ryan Meadows (Princeton) and the North with Nathan Adrian (Morgantown, a WVU signee), Mark Winters (Magnolia), Wes Mitchem (Parkersburg South) and Cody Triplett (Trinity).
In addition, the North also lost Hedgesville's Chris Shields, a recruit of Division I Longwood (Va.) who was given his release when that school changed coaches.
For tonight's game, the South sports seven first-team all-staters in any class - Eddy (AAA), Chapmanville's Mackenzie Martin and Webster County's Brett Morris (AA) and Tug Valley's Mikey Newsome and Austin Brewer, Buffalo's Levi Jordan and Greater Beckley Christian's Keith Mullins (Class A).
The North features four first-team all-state players - Grantham, Tomer and Bridgeport's Tyler Sprouse and Fairmont Senior's Travor Horton (both AA).
All 26 players listed on the final rosters showed up for practice Thursday afternoon, a recent rarity in the North-South contest. That included Morris, who is walking on at WVU and already attending summer school classes there, but wanted to honor his commitment to the game.
A family member drove Morris from Morgantown to South practice in South Charleston Thursday, then back to the WVU campus late Thursday so he could attend classes today, then will transport him again to the Kanawha Valley tonight for the game.
Serving as coaches are Martinsburg's Dave Rogers and Morgantown's Tom Yester for the North and GW's Rick Greene and Buffalo's Chuck Elkins for the South.
Since the game was moved to the Community Center in 2006, the sides have alternated wins - four for the South (which won last year 114-101) and three for the North. The South leads the current series 24-6 since it was revived in 1983.
The order of tonight's skills competitions is free-throw shooting (6:15), 3-point shooting (6:30) and slam dunk (6:45). The WVADA will also hand out a pair of $500 scholarships following the game, one to a player on each team.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.