Monday, January 25, 2010
Michigan's Grady returns to hoops squad
By ESPN.com staff
Kelvin Grady began his career at Michigan as a basketball player. Then, last year, he dropped hoops and joined the school's football team as a slot receiver.
Now he'll do double duty. Sort of.
Grady, who started eight games at point guard for Michigan in the 2008-09 season, is back with the basketball squad in a scout-team capacity. Head coach John Beilein doesn't expect Grady to play in games this year, though his role in preparing the regulars for upcoming opponents will be important.
Grady practiced Sunday on the scout team as Michigan prepares for Tuesday's game against No. 5 Michigan State, which boasts its own two-sport player in tight end/forward Dion Sims.
Football remains Grady's top priority and he'll be ready for spring practice in March. Grady and Beilein will decide after the basketball season whether a permanent return to the hoops squad will take place.
"Basketball is a flow sport and there isn’t the huddles in between, but I think that they've kept him in very good shape with football and there were some flashes yesterday, very good ones," Beilein told reporters. "And then there were some times where he was grabbing his knees a little bit, but overall I thought for the limited amount we did [Sunday] he did well learning the scout team and learning some of the actions he needs to do to imitate what Michigan State does."Grady had 10 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown in nine games last fall.