With Tyler Lewis transferring to Butler, NC State is in need of another PG to team with sophomore starter Cat Barber. Lucky for them, a very good one just came on the market and the Pack has the hometown advantage.
Appalachian State releases Devonte Graham from letter of intent: http://t.co/ACEwCIJRH5 He immediately becomes best PG on the market.
— Eye on College BBall (@EyeOnCBB) April 9, 2014
Devonte Graham is a 4 start PG (originally out of Broughton High in Raleigh) who makes plays on both ends of the court. He’s a leader, a game manager and oozing with talent. He is 6’2, 175lbs and super quick. He can get to the hoop, has elite vision and also can keep you honest with his 3 ball. So why was he going to App State in the first place? We’ll explain…
Graham played for a public school (Broughton HS in Raleigh) and really didn’t get all that much exposure. He also played for Garner Road AAU, which isn’t one of the big names in the circuit. He just was an under the radar type player who didn’t generate much hype on a national stage. So without many high majors showing interest, Graham decided on App State.
He then transferred high schools and started playing ball at Brewster Academy (where TJ Warren also played). All of the sudden people started seeing what Graham could do. He was dominant when surrounded by supreme talent and all of the sudden the big dogs started coming at him.
With all the added attention, Graham tried to open up his options and get out of his LOI to App State. Then coach Jason Capel had other ideas and refused to release him. Capel accused NC State in particular of tampering with Graham after his commitment.
Capel has since been fired and new head coach Jim Fox said yesterday that Devonte would be released and free to attend the school of his choice.
Ga. Tech, KU, Missouri, NC State, Nebraska, Providence, USF, Rutgers, Virginia, Va Tech, & Xavier.
— Drew Messmer (@AllMetroDrew) April 10, 2014
We’ll have to wait and see what happens here, but Gottfried wants this kid bad and will make sure the Pack is in the mix until the end. Stay tuned to PackInsider.com for more updates on this situation…