UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Three-year letterman forward who has played 60 games for the Huskies during his career ... Will serve as team captain this season ... Sound fundamental forward capable of playing inside or outside ... Arguably the finest outside shooter on the team who should see more opportunites this season to display that marksmanship. 2000-01 (Junior) -- Played 29 of 30 games last season, missing only the Oregon game (Feb. 17) ... Hit two 3-pointers vs. San Diego (Dec. 30), snapping a string of 24 straight missed treys by Huskies ... Made his only collegiate start on Feb. 24 against top-ranked Stanford and responded with a career-high 10 points ... Also tallied three rebounds and two assists against the Cardinal ... Shot a perfect 3-for-3 from the 3-point line scoring nine points in only 17 minutes of play vs. Arizona State (Jan. 11). 1999-2000 (Sophomore) -- Injured midway through his sophomore season, missing the final 19 games with a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee ... Applied for a medical red-shirt from the NCAA, but his request was denied ... Underwent surgery in January to repair a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee ... Played 10 of the season's first 11 games before being sidelined with the knee injury ... Hit two 3-pointers and scored 10 points in 25 minutes before leaving the game with a season ending injury against New Mexico State (Dec. 30). 1998-99 (Freshman) -- Earned a letter after participating in 21 games ... Played 11 minutes during the Huskies' upset of 11th-ranked New Mexico (Dec. 24) and held standout Lobo center Kenny Thomas to one basket ... Tallied 10 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes of Washington's victory over Hawai'i-Hilo (Nov. 27) ... Signed a letter of intent to attend Washington on Nov. 13, 1997.
MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL
Three-time all-state selection ... A high honorable mention prep All-America selection by Street & Smith's college basketball magazine ... An All-Washington state selection who led his Mount Vernon team to the state semifinals each of his final two years ... The Bulldogs lost to the eventual state champion both years, falling 57-56 to Rainier Beach in the 1998 semifinal matchup ... Averaged 17.3 points per game during his senior high school season ... Averaged 18.2 points and 8.5 rebounds as a junior in 1997, helping Mount Vernon to a 28-1 record ... The Bulldogs' lone loss was a 57-51 setback against Mercer Island in the state championship game ... Mercer Island featured tournament MVP Bryan Brown, a Husky teammate last season ... The WesCo Conference MVP as a sophomore, averaging 20.1 points and 9.0 rebounds in 1996 ... Erupted for 34 points and 12 rebounds against Oak Harbor during his sophomore season ... Had 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the 1998 Northwest Shootout of Washington prep senior all-stars against the Oregon all-stars (Oregon won 68-67) ... A product of perennial power Mount Vernon High School that also produced Mark Hendrickson, a two-time All-Pac-10 performer (1995-96) at Washington State who was selected in the second round of the 1996 NBA Draft by Philadelphia ... Also competed as a cross country runner his senior year ... Shared the Outstanding Runner award with a teammate.
COACH BENDER ON GRANT LEEP
"One person in particular has done an incredible job during the off-season of developing into a true leader and captain and that's been Grant Leep. The players voted on our captain and it was pretty unanimous that he was the person. He's taken the initiative to be very proactive with that title. For Grant, being voted captain was something that he really wanted. His teammates saw a captain's personality in the type of person he is. Sometimes a player might want to be a captain, but his teammates might not see that same ability in him. Here it matches up perfectly. Grant has had to deal with the adversity of coming into his own and then being hurt and having to miss half a season. He played well as a junior, had some important games for us and hit some big shots. He's our most consistent 3-point shooter. With our added size and our added athleticism his role if a lot simpler. We're not going to have to ask him to guard bigger people inside."