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Posted on Mon, Jan 25, 2010 : 12:03 p.m.

Michigan football slot receiver Kelvin Grady returns to basketball team

By Michael Rothstein

Kelvin Grady’s nine-month absence from the Michigan basketball team ended Sunday.

The junior, who left the Wolverines’ after last season and joined the Michigan football team, initially broached his return to basketball last week and became the school’s latest two-sport player Sunday.


Kelvin Grady, shown in November 2007 with the Michigan basketball team, started practicing with the Michigan team again on Sunday. (File photo)

Grady, who will spend his time on Michigan’s scout team simulating opponents like Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas, started eight games last season and averaged 4.2 points and 1.9 assists. Michigan coach John Beilein said he expects Grady, a 5-foot-11 point guard who shot 36.1 percent from the 3-point line a year ago, to help on the scout team, but doesn’t expect him to play.

The first day back went well.

“He looked fine. 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 said. “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 yesterday he did well learning the scout team and learning some of the actions he needs to do to imitate what Michigan State does.”

Beilein said Saturday he and Grady will decide at the end of the season if he’ll return permanently. If it is permanent and he doesn’t play this year, he’d have two years of eligibility remaining.

Grady will still play football, and Beilein said his role as a slot receiver on the Michigan football team will be Grady’s primary focus.

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein.



Wed, Jan 27, 2010 : 11:13 a.m.

I can see it now..... a confused Kelvin Grady hits a three (a new UM experience this year), goes into an end-zone celebration while the OSU guard whizzes by him....... Later, at spring practice, Grady goes over the middle, catches the ball, and tries to dribble toward the goal line - nobody calls him out on it, because fumbles aren't all that unusual.......... Seriously, he seems like a very likeable young man who will be a benefit to a short-handed BBall team.


Mon, Jan 25, 2010 : 1:47 p.m.

Gee-golly Walmart, here you are again spreading your intelligence to all of us Wolverine fans. But ya kno, I would "expert" you to be out using all ur smartness being an "expect" phyrisist er sumthin. Whatever, I sure am glad you're here making me smerterer.