N.C. State forward Grant facing deportation

Updated: October 12, 2005, 2:40 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Federal immigration officials have determined that North Carolina State sophomore forward Gavin Grant is in the country illegally, an immigration spokeswoman in Atlanta said Tuesday.

Grant, 20, could face deportation after a hearing in federal immigration court in Atlanta, Sue Brown, a spokesoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told The News & Observer of Raleigh.

She said she had neither specifics on the hearing date for Grant nor details on the amount of bond on which he was released.

"We do know after the interview that it was determined that he was in this country without inspection, which means he did not come with a visitor's visa or anything like that," Brown said.

Several messages left by The Associated Press with immigration officials in Cary were not returned Tuesday night.

Tom O'Connell, ICE resident agent in charge in Cary, told the newspaper that Grant was interviewed in Raleigh early last week. He said he understood that Grant entered the United States from Jamaica after his mother did. Gavin Grant has lived in the United States since at least 1994, O'Connell said.

Deportation isn't the only possible outcome for Grant, a key reserve on last year's Wolfpack team that reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

Another option is voluntary departure, where Grant would leave the country on his own and then apply to return, O'Connell said.

N.C. State coach Herb Sendek said Grant will go through conditioning as scheduled Wednesday and the plan is for him to be practicing with the team Friday. His status in the U.S. is and has been an ongoing situation and the school is going forward with the assumption that he is in school and on the team.

The 6-foot-7 Grant averaged 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds as a freshman.

Grant played at St. Raymond's in New York, the same high school that produced former Wolfpack star Julius Hodge.

Information from senior writer Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.