Grinnon was a little-used freshman during the 2001-2002 season that culminated with Maryland’s NCAA men’s basketball title. Though his playing time increased marginally over the next three years, Grinnon is remembered for the free throws he hit to help beat Duke in Greensboro, N.C., as a junior.
What Grinnon recalls more is the defense he played in overtime against Duke guard J.J. Redick.
"The personal highlight of my career was absolutely that game, but contrary to belief, the more exciting moment for me was that I had to guard their leading scorer for every second of overtime and he did not get one shot off," Grinnon said. "Personally that was more of an accomplishment than hitting the free throws."
Mike Grinnon now works in Tyson's Corner where he manages a financial planning group for New York Life.