Graham gets release, host of coaches to watch

Devonte Graham gets his release. A host of college coaches are expected to watch him this week.

It's been a long, grueling process for Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy standout Devonte Graham.

After initially signing with Appalachian State, Graham asked for his release last fall and it was refused. After months of waiting, Jim Fox, who was hired at Appalachian State yesterday, released Graham from his LOI.

"He said he has his release," Brewster coach Jason Smith said. "I don't know if his mom or anyone has a physical copy yet."

Graham is now the best available point guard in the 2014 class and will have no shortage of college options after a strong year, where he led Brewster to New England and National Prep Championships.

"The kid was dynamite this year," Smith said. "I honestly think he can play anywhere. He's as good as any point guard we've ever had here."

"He was by far our most valuable player on the season," he added. "He runs a team, makes great decisions, shoots the balls and defends."

So where does Graham go from here?

"I honestly think he's anxious to be able to communicate with coaches and talk to people," Smith said. "There have been a ton of people that have come through to watch us practice."

Virginia coach Tony Bennett has been to Brewster twice to see Graham. He's expected to watch Graham on Thursday, as is Ed Cooley, of Providence, and Tim Miles, of Nebraska.

"Bill Self is going to be here on Friday," Smith said. "I think people thought North Carolina State tampered, but I hadn't heard from NC State until after Tyler Lewis decided to transfer. N.C. State will potentially be in the mix now that Tyler transferred.

Xavier's Chris Mack, Creighton's Greg McDermott and Georgia Tech's Brian Gregory have also been in to see Graham, as has an assistant from Florida State.

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