On The Road: Jimmy Graham

<b>NORLINA, N.C. –</b> Community Christian School of Wilson, N.C., took out Norlina Christian Friday night. In the game, we got our first look at junior Jimmy Graham of Community Christian.

Jimmy Graham, a 6-7 junior power forward out of Wilson (NC) Community Christian is a Division I prospect. Friday night, against and out-manned Norlina Christian team, Graham scored 14 points and had 6 rebounds in the 61-28 win. After his team went up 25-5 in the first quarter, there wasn't much need for him to play extended minutes and he didn't.

The level of competition made it tough to gauge Graham's projected level of play. However, he's got a strong body is dedicated to getting better and sports a terrific attitude.

"I'm not as good as I want to be," Graham said. "Since last summer, I've improved beyond leaps and bounds. This summer will be huge for me."

Graham is averaging 20 points and 16 rebounds each time out. "We have very few games where he's actually challenged," Community Christian coach Carlos Peralta said.

While Graham won't get challenged much during the season, that's not to say he doesn't work hard on his game. He's already hired a personal trainer to start working with him after the season concludes.

In a game against an out-manned opponent like Norlina Christian, Graham tries to stay focused and work on some individual things. "What coach really wants me to work on is low post moves," said Graham, who spent a good portion of the warm-ups working himself out. "When we play teams like this, he wants me to do a combo move. He also wants me to be aware of everyone on the court."

So far, Delaware has offered him a scholarship. Wisconsin is in town to see him on Monday and Notre Dame is thinking of coming in this month. We'll see him at the end of the month in the independent schools state championships.

A good number of programs have been in to evaluate him during the season. Though Graham understands that his summer will be key in his recruitment, Clemson, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State have already laid eyes on him.

"When people talk to me they tell me I'm lower ACC," Graham said. "I don't really like that. I want to get better. I want to be a high-major."

We'll continue to keep an eye on this developing prospect and will see Community Christian at the end of the month.

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