Graham is a Jayhawk
Brewster Academy’s Devonte Graham, the best available point guard in the country, signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Kansas on Friday.
His commitment came only 24 hours after former Brewster point guard, Naadir Tharpe, announced that he would transfer from Kansas to be closer to his daughter. Tharpe was the incumbent starter and his decision made Graham’s commitment even that much more important for head coach Bill Self.
Graham arrived at Brewster after having previously signed an NLI with Appalachian State in the 2013 class, and consequently not able to speak to any other college coaches. That status remained unchanged throughout his post-graduate season, until he finally received his release this spring.
Once Graham received his release it instantaneously became a parade of head coach heading to Wolfeboro. He eventually visited Kansas, N.C. State, and Virginia before tweeting last week that he would choose between Kansas and N.C. State. The final decision came mid-day on Friday as was first reported by ESPN.
Now, Graham will have every opportunity to play major minutes right away for the Jayhawks next season, and likely compete with rising sophomore Frank Mason for the team’s starting point guard job.
Graham proved himself to be one of the top point guards in the country this year. He’s naturally gifted with explosive athleticism in all areas of his game. He is a constant threat to make plays in the open floor, still able to manufacture his own offense in the half-court, and a much improved three-point shooter. He’s also a phenomenal defender with terrific hands that allow him to come up with lots of steals.
He becomes the third player to commit to Kansas in the 2014 class, joining big man Cliff Alexander and swingman Kelly Oubre, both of whom are ranked among the top ten prospects in the national class.
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