Devonte’ Graham Enjoys Kansas, N.C. State, Virginia Up Next
Ever since getting his release from Appalachian State earlier this month, Devonte’ Graham has been in high demand.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound point guard from Brewster (N.H.) Academy recently trimmed his list to five schools and has visited two of them in recent days — Kansas and N.C. State. Virginia is up next beginning Friday.
As far as Kansas, Graham told SNY.tv, “I like the campus and the atmosphere and the players I really got along with, and all the coaches. Basically, I would come in and have an impact right away is what I was told.”
Kansas has both Naadir Tharpe and Frank Mason returning at the point, but Graham “would play with them and Wayne [Selden] and the people coming in,” Graham said.
Kansas has a two-man class so far of big man Cliff Alexander and wing Kelly Oubre and is also involved with Texas big man Myles Turner, who announces Wednesday.
As for Graham, he said he’s “tight” with Tharpe, who played at Brewster, and Selden, who played at Tilton (N.H.) School.
N.C. State is an attractive option, too, because Graham is a Raleigh, N.C. native.
“I know a lot of the players from playing against them and playing with them so I felt real comfortable with that,” he said. “And coach [Mark] Gottfried, I’ve known him for a couple of years because his son played high school ball with me, so that always felt like a family environment and it’s home. That was my first time on campus and it was pretty nice.”
Still, playing in his hometown won’t be his only deciding factor.
“That’s a big push for them, just playing in front of my family, but I don’t want to make my decision off my family,” he said. “I want to do the right thing for me.”
Virginia is up next.
“They had a great year this year and they got London [Perrantes] at the point,” he said. “He was really the only true point guard they had and one of them left so minutes are there. I just have to work for it.”
Graham is also mulling Providence and Virginia Tech but no dates are set.
“I’m trying to figure out dates so I can probably go to the other schools, but I’m not sure yet,” he said.
He has no timetable on when he will decide.
“I really don’t have a set date,” he said. Follow Adam Zagoria on TwitterAnd like ZAGS on Facebook
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