Pittsburg’s Javon Grant shines in season start

The senior averages 36 ppg though the first four games of the year
Javon Grant averages 36 ppg though Pittsburg's first four games of the year.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – He is one of the most exciting players to watch in Kansas. Javon Grant is having an outstanding start to the season.

“Even since he’s been a freshman, he’s got that extra competitive edge that no matter what — he doesn’t back down and you just know what you’re getting from him night in and night out,” says Pittsburg boys basketball head coach Jordan Woods.

The senior has averaged 36 points through the Purple Dragon’s first four games, including 41 against Riverton on Monday night that put him over 1,000 career points.

“I thought I was going to get it a little later cause I didn’t think I was going to get it that game, but it felt really good,” says Grant.

“Playing a team sport, but at the same time — in order for your team to do well, people should have their own individual goals and I know that was one of his. So that’s one thing he can check off,” adds Woods.

What had allowed Grant to produce offensively is his team.

“They trust me a lot. They tell me they trust me — they get the ball to me in my right spots. The team chemistry is there,” adds Grant.

He is arguably one of the best finishers in the state.

“Early on, it definitely was kind of like wow — eye opening, but again now, it’s not even surprising anymore. And you know, when it doesn’t go in you’re surprised now,” says Woods.

However, Grant says he would rather take those outside shots.

“It depends on the time of the game, but I probably like hitting a 3. I like the 3 better,” says Grant.

With a lot of season left to play after the break Grant says his team is looking towards a league title and beyond.

“We definitely trying to get the SEK league back, for sure, that’s the first. And we definitely trying to go as far as we can in the playoffs and eventually go to state,” adds Grant.

After the break, Pittsburg will be on the road to face Fort Scott in their league opener on January 8.