Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
“It’s very stressful,” he told SNY.tv by phone Thursday from Durham, N.C. “I haven’t slept in two months.”
Graham, a 6-foot-5, 172-pound shooting guard ranked No. 12 at his position in the Class of 2012 by Rivals, is still awaiting word from the NCAA Eligibility Center on whether he will be cleared to play.
“I’m partially cleared,” he said. “The NCAA is basically saying [if] I can get accepted into a school, then it will clear faster.”
Graham, who has committed and decommitted to and from N.C. State on several occasions, last played at Creedmoor (N.C.) Christian Faith Center Academy, and he said the NCAA was looking into his coursework there.
“They’re just reviewing it,” said Graham, 19.
He said he calls the NCAA “two or three times a day.”
“They said I could clear any day,” he said.
Graham said he graduated high school with a 2.3 GPA and scored a 24 on the ACT.
He said he’s heard from Seton Hall and Oregon, among other schools, but believes that if he gets qualified, the big-time offers will once again pour in.
“I feel once more schools find out my situation then everybody who was recruiting me before [will come back],” he said.
Graham then rattled of a list of his previous suitors: Kentucky, Memphis, Louisville, N.C. State, Villanova, Miami and Clemson.
“I feel like I can compete and help win a national championship,” he said.
He said attending a prep school or a junior college “is not really my first option.”
“I’m interest in going to college as soon as possible,” he said. “I just gotta be patient and keep praying.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.