May 12, 2011

Grieves to Spartanville

Kevin McCarthy

San Jose State University is losing heralded backcourters Adrian Oliver and Justin Graham so guard help was a definite need for the Spartan recruiting class. Two junior college transfers were signed recently and now 6-foot-3 Nick Grieves of Aptos High is also headed to Silicon Valley.

photo of Nick Grieves

Grieves, a two-time All Santa Cruz County Athletic League First Team honoree, averaged just under 20 points per game this past season and his shooting stroke and range were the best in the league. In an earlier interview, Aptos Coach Joe Smith offered this about his player: "Nick’s the best shooter I have ever coached. He has NBA three-point range, a quick release and just a knack for scoring." Grieves was the second-leading scorer in league and enjoyed bust-out games of 44 points, including eight treys, in a December tournament plus 32 points in a 2011 CCS quarterfinal game versus St. Ignatius.

So why SJSU? "I felt it was the best place for me," Grieves explained. "Plus, my family wanted to see me play in college." His status will be as an invited walk-on.

He recently toured the campus, meeting with the coaching staff and seeing the locker room and the student dormitories. "San Jose State is giving me an opportunity so it's up to me to go for it, get better and work into the rotation."

As for Grieves' plans this summer, "I'll be hitting the weights, working to get stronger and I'll be working a couple of camps."

Replying to the question of what he'll bring to the Spartan team, Grieves offered "I have a really great work ethic and I bring a winning attitude. I'll be out there working to get better everyday and trying to motivate my teammates."

He will major in kinesiology, generally an academic challenge but not necessarily so for someone possessing a 3.8 grade point average.

The last Aptos High player coming to San Jose State University was Bryan Holt, another sharpshooter, back in the mid-1980s.