Graham signs with Houston

The Cougars project to become heavily involved in the Southeast now that Kelvin Sampson has taken command of the program, and they made quick work with one of the region's more talented and mercurial prospects of the past several years.

Torian Graham has taken the long road. A native of Durham, N.C., who at one time ranked among the nation's blue-chippers in the Class of 2012, Graham has traveled near and far but now has a new city to call home — Houston — and confirmed his signing via his Twitter account.

Kelvin Sampson's Cougars will be happy to cultivate such a high-level natural talent. Graham matriculated to numerous different high schools during his prep days, which obviously did not improve his academic situation nor make scouting him easy given the constant uncertainty.

He committed to N.C. State shortly upon Mark Gottfried's arrival in 2011, but over time it became clear he'd detour to junior college prior to enrolling at a Division I university. He has spent the past two seasons at powerful Chipola (Fla.) JC, where according to the official website he averaged 13 points per game this season and shot 41 percent from the three-point stripe.

Graham will have two years of eligibility with Houston.

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