After missing out on highly recruited seven-foot Myles Turner as a potential replacement for departed one-year player Joel Embiid and then learning that senior-to-be point guard Naadir Tharpe was leaving the program, Kansas wasted little time going after the best player still available to potentially fill its immediate and future needs at the one-guard position.
On Friday, Devonte Graham signed a letter of intent to play basketball next season at the University of Kansas. A native of the Raleigh, N.C., area, the four-star point guard played last season at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., the same prep school that Tharpe and former Jayhawk All-Big 12 performer Thomas Robinson attended before coming to Kansas.
Rivals.com rated Graham as the No. 36 overall recruit in the 2014 class. The 6-2 guard had previously committed to Appalachian State. While at Brewster this past season, however, he averaged 17 points and five assists a game and showed that he had the potential to play at a higher college level.
Said Kansas head coach Bill Self about his newest recruit in the class of 2014: “I think Devonte will be an immediate impact guy for us. We certainly solidified out situation in the backcourt by bringing in a quality guy, and I think Devonte is one of the premier point guards in the country.”
Rivals’ scouting report on Graham describes him as “a long and rangy point guard who is deceptively athletic and a very good on-the-ball defender.”
Graham is expected to compete with sophomores Frank Mason and Conner Frankamp for playing time at the point guard position next season.