Former Broughton star picks Kansas over N.C. State
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas signed touted point guard Devonte' Graham on Friday, one day after starter Naadir Tharpe announced he would be transferring closer to his home in Massachusetts.
The 6-foot-2 Graham originally signed with Appalachian State out of Raleigh Broughton but did not enroll, instead playing at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. His stock skyrocketed during his season at the prep school, and Graham wound up with offers from major schools.
He ultimately picked Kansas over North Carolina State.
Kansas coach Bill Self said that Graham would be "an immediate impact guy for us. That's not to take away from the other guards we have but this is a situation that we just got a lot better."
Graham averaged 17.2 points and 5.0 assists for Brewster Academy.
Watching Graham play alongside N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried's son, Cam, for Broughton in the 2013 3-A East Regional, I thought Appalachian State seemed like a good fit for the prep star.
So Kansas seems like a bit of a stretch.
"It's kind of crazy to go from Appalachian State to Kansas," Graham told ESPN.
Yeah, Devonte — it IS crazy — but the Jayhawks do need a point guard.
N.C. State could have used one too with Tyler Lewis transferring to Butler. But Anthony "Cat" Barber is returning for the Pack after splitting time with Lewis his freshman season.
Have a look at some of Graham's Brewster highlights.