Graham will be big recruit in the spring

Devonte Graham, who has an interesting recruiting situation, was one of the biggest standouts at the City of Palms Classic.

After watching Devonte Graham at the National Prep Showcase, I had a hunch he would be a strong candidate to move up the 2014 player rankings. He confirmed that notion this past week at the City of Palms Classic.

In a game against Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian, Graham ran his team to near perfection. Graham tossed out 11 assists to just one turnover and constantly made plays for his teammates.

"That's my main job, to run the team and get my teammates involved," Graham explained to

Graham, a 6-foot-1 point guard, has good speed and athleticism. He's a strong finisher in the paint, is a good ball handler and can make shots out to 21-feet.

Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy coach Jason Smith compared him to two of his former players.

"He's a combination of Semaj [Christon] and Naadir [Tharpe]," Smith said. " He has the extra gear like Semaj. He's a better shooter than both of them and he's similar to Naadir because he has the ability to orchestrate a team."

In November of 2012, Graham signed a Letter of Intent with Appalachian State. In mid-February, Graham was denied his request to be released from the LOI, which is how he ended up at Brewster doing a post-graduate year.

College coaches are not allowed to contact Graham until Appalachian State's academic year is complete, which is May 9th.

While coaches can't reach out to Graham, they can contact Smith. The Brewster head coach said he has heard from Virginia, Memphis, Florida State, Providence, Butler and Creighton.

"It's a touchy area because people don't want to perceived to be tampering," Smith told

Once Graham settles on a school, he will be forced to sit out his first season and then will have three years of eligibility.

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