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Canterbury's Grant Sinn understands he is not the next Bryson Scott, Yogi Ferrell or, even Eric Gordon. He will not command Big Ten basketball scholarship offers. He will not be a future NBA star contemplating what to do with his next mega-million-dollar contract.
There is an education to earn, goals to accomplish and, yes, plenty of basketball success to experience.
So this high-scoring guard, part of the Class of 2014, is talking to Ivy League schools such as Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Penn and Brown. He's visited Boston University. West Coast programs Portland University and Pacific have him on their radars.
“I don't have a preference on whether it's close or not,” Sinn said. “It's where I have the best opportunity to get the best education.”
Basketball is a means to that end, and what Sinn lacks in elite ability -- he's been a 6-2, 167-pound spot-up shooter for most of his career -- he makes up in work ethic.
During the week he works three hours a day mixing conditioning, weight lifting and shooting (developing a jab step to create perimeter and mid-range jumper openings, as well as opportunities to attack the rim). It's often four hours a day on weekends.
It doesn't hurt that his family has basically half a regulation-size basketball court at home where he can work on his shooting whenever he wants.
“I'm trying to develop more of a pull-up game where I come off the dribble and screen,” he said. “I want to be known as more of an all-around scorer than just a perimeter shooter.”
Sinn works with Rod Wilmont, the former Indiana University standout and Mad Ant player who is now a Canterbury assistant coach. Wilmont, who also played professionally in Sweden, was once known for never missing an opportunity to shoot, whether or not he was open.
Now, Sinn said, Wilmont's advice starts with defense.
“He's helped me out a ton. I've been playing with him in open gym. Sometimes he brings in guys from overseas, guys who are more athletic and taller.
“He's stressed defense a lot. He said at the next level everybody can score, and that I have to do something that stands out from other players.”
Sinn is getting on-court action via the Hidden Gems AAU team out of Columbus, Ohio. He provides the outside scoring punch they needed, averaging 19.5 points and 43 percent from three-point range.
At Canterbury, Sinn has played on three straight sectional championship teams and one regional title squad.
All this has generated plenty of recruiting interest, and if that doesn't include Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame, he's fine with that.
Sinn is not passive in the recruiting process. He researches the schools recruiting him to understand their style and system, and what they want from their players.
Sinn is looking at a career in journalism, communications or even a sports agent. Law school is an option. He's gotten advice from Greg Sassmannhausen, a Fort Wayne orthopedic surgeon. He's close to Reggie Hearn, the former Snider standout who went from walk-on to Big Ten standout at Northwestern. Hearn's father, Crain, is a teacher at Canterbury.
Yes, basketball is a big passion, but it does not define him.
“Obviously I won't be going pro, so I'm focused on after college and my career.”