Danaejah Grant to Continue Pro Career in Puerto Rico|
Sept. 20, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - Earlier this week, former St. John’s women’s basketball standout Danaejah Grant signed a contract to continue her professional career with Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rico.
Prior to her deal in Puerto Rico, Grant played for Edremit Belediyesi Gurespor in Turkey, where she was a EuroBasket.com First Team All-Turkey selection last season. Grant also made appearances last summer in games in Europe with the Flying Foxes SVS Post of the Austrian Women’s Basketball League and A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra of the Israeli Female Basketball Premier League.
The Gigantes de Carolina have been one of the most successful programs in Puerto Rico’s Baloncesto Superior Nacional Femenino (BSNF) league. The program has won six of the last seven league titles and four of the last five regular season crowns.
No stranger to the big stage, Grant enjoyed one of the most prolific careers in Red Storm history. Despite playing the equivalent of just three full seasons in a St. John’s uniform, Grant scored 1,498 points for Head Coach Joe Tartamella, the ninth-most in program history.
A two-time All-BIG EAST selection, Grant was a part of three postseason runs with the Red Storm, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament. In her final collegiate game against Auburn in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, Grant scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Johnnies.
The team earned its sixth bid to the NCAA Tournament in the last eight seasons thanks in large part to the efforts of Grant. The Piscataway, N.J., native led the BIG EAST in scoring with 19.6 points per game on the year, the fifth-highest single-season scoring average in St. John’s history. In the postesason, Grant proved vital in helping the Red Storm secure its first BIG EAST Championship since 1988. Grant averaged 16.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists over three days in Chicago, highlighted by a 22-point, 10-rebound effort in the Red Storm’s come-from-behind semifinal upset over top-seeded DePaul on the Blue Demons’ home court. For her efforts, Grant was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.
Following her standout senior campaign, Grant became the fourth-ever Johnny selected in the WNBA Draft when the Washington Mystics selected her 31st overall in the 2016.