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Grannum stays ready as post defensive stopper

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Growing up in a basketball family, Jada Grannum says that she always had a ball in her hands. Whether it was on her father's bench or watching her older brothers' games, the youngest Grannum's path was seemingly set from the start.

Well, maybe not always. While Grannum had shot a basketball her whole life, she didn't actually play on an organized team until middle school, when her parents made her choose between dance, which Grannum had done for 10 years, and her family's game.

"I was going to be a six-foot ballerina," Grannum said.