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    Jenis Grindstaff 24    
     
      Jenis Grindstaff
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Spruce Pine, N.C.

High School:
McDowell

Last College:
Virginia Tech

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
03/25/1979

2001-02 (Senior)
Will go down in history as one of the University of Tennessee?s most courageous players ever after battling injuries throughout his career ... Recipient of the Burchfield-Moss Most Courageous Award and the Free Throw Shooting Award at the team?s postseason banquet ... Ranked 10th in the SEC in league games with 3.4 assists per game ... Averaged 7.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game against SEC foes ... Started 10 of his 14 games league games ... Despite practicing just once in the 10 days leading up to the game, had six points, four rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes of action at No. 7 Alabama (2/16/02) ... Scored Tennessee?s first eight points of the second half in sparking the Vols to an upset of the seventh-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (2/6/02) ... Saw his minutes increase from 15.6 mpg before Jan. 1 to 24.7 mpg in his final 18 games ... Played a career-high 32 minutes against Syracuse (1/19/02) and at Vanderbilt (2/2/02) ... In 14 games since joining the starting lineup, averaged 3.3 (46) assists per game ... Suffered an injury to his left knee against Kentucky (2/6/02) that caused him to miss two games ... Against Georgia (3/2/02) he had 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with six assists and five rebounds ... Delivered the game-winning assist to Vincent Yarbrough with 4.3 seconds left the the game at Vanderbilt (2/2/02) ... Earned his first start of the season against 8th-ranked Syracuse (1/19/02) and turned in his best performance as a Vol ... He had career-highs or tied his career-best for points (18), rebounds (5), field goals made (5), field goals attempted (11), three-pointers made (3), three-pointers attempted (6), free throws made (5), free throws attempted (6) and minutes played (32) against the Orangemen ... Had a career-high five steals in 26 minutes of action against Ole Miss (1/6/02) ... In the final 3:37 of UT?s game against West Virginia (12/22/01) he had two points, two steals, an assist and an offensive rebound ... Scored 11 consecutive points late in UT?s win over Appalachian State ... Finished the ASU game with a career-high 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting ... Had a career-high seven assists without any turnovers in UT?s win over Alaska Anchorage (11/23/01) in the Great Alaska Shootout.

2000-01 (Junior)
Best game of the season came at 12th-ranked Syracuse when he set career-highs for points (11) and rebounds (6) in just 20 minutes of action ? He made a pair key three-pointers against Syracuse, including one in the closing seconds of the first half to give UT a seven point half time lead ? Averaged 5.0 points and 2.5 assists in 31 minutes of action at the SEC Tournament ... Had seven points and three assists in 17 minutes of action in the second round of the SEC Tournament against Ole Miss (3/9/01) ... Hit a critical three-pointer to pull the Vols within three points against South Carolina (2/27/01), eventually setting the stage for Terrence Woods? game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer ? Made his first career start against Ole Miss (2/10/01) and scored six points in 14 minutes of action ? Returned to the Volunteer lineup in the season opener against UT-Chattanooga after missing almost the entire 1999-2000 campaign.

1999-00 (Sophomore)
Played in season opener against Elon, scoring two points in 14 minutes before tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament and missing the remainder of the season ... Had three assists and three steals in the contest ... Underwent surgery on Dec. 14 to repair the torn ACL.

1998-99 (Redshirt)
Sat out the year after transferring from Virginia Tech.

1997-98 (Freshman at Virginia Tech)
Started in Virginia Tech?s backcourt as a freshman and was the team?s second-leading scorer, averaging 10.5 points ... Named to the Atlantic 10 Conference?s All-Rookie team following the 1997-98 season ... Ranked as team?s leader in assists (3.6), was third in free throw shooting (.764) and second on the team in three-point field goals with 39 ... He scored double figures in 16 games and led the team in scoring eight times.

High School
Voted North Carolina?s Class 4-A ?Mr. Basketball? by the Charlotte Observer following his senior season at McDowell High School where he averaged 27 points and 6.7 rebounds ... During the 1996-97 campaign, he became the school?s first and just the 15th North Carolina high school player to score 2000 career points ... One of only two juniors to earn first-team All-State honors in 1995-96, when he posted a 23.0 points per game average ... Also earned first-team academic All-State honors at McDowell High School and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class ... Coached at McDowell High School by Lloyd Church.

Personal
Born: March 25, 1979 ... Full name: Jenis Ryan Grindstaff ... Academic Major: Sport Management ... Wore the No. 2 jersey during the 2000-01 season in memory of his parents, both of whom passed away prior to the 1999-2000 season.

Virginia Tech Career Statistics
Year ? ?
FG-A
Pct
3FG-A
Pct
FT-A
Pct
Avg
Ast
Blk
Stl
Pts
Avg
1998
89-234
.380
39-120
.325
55-72
.764
2.8
94
1
33
272
10.5
Tennessee Career Statistics
Year ? ?
FG-A
Pct
3FG-A
Pct
FT-A
Pct
Avg
Ast
Blk
Stl
Pts
Avg
2000
1-9
.111
0-4
.000
0-1
.000
2.0
3
0
3
2
2.0
2001
31-99
.313
12-47
.255
26-34
.765
1.4
54
1
19
100
3.1
2002
60-137
.438
15-48
.313
49-60
.817
2.6
86
3
28
184
6.3
TOTAL
92-245
.376
27-99
.273
75-95
.789
2.0
143
4
50
286
4.6

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