2007 Profile: Tyree Graham

David Noel is going to lace them up and come off the bench this weekend for the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Final Four. The Southern Durham grad isn't the only player in his family though. Sophomore Tyree Graham is beginning to attract some attention.

David Noel and cousin Tyree Graham, a 6-foot sophomore from Durham (N.C.) Southern High aren't the same players. One runs, dunks and uses his athleticism to come off the bench for the UNC Tar Heels. The other fires deep 3s with regularity and is starting to make enough of them to get noticed.

Last season, Graham made 12 3-pointers in a game, tying the N.C. state record. Two weeks ago, Graham helped lead his Garner Roads team to a Super Regional championship where he was named co-MVP.

The youngster says consistency has been a big asset to his game. "I didn't really have many bad games, maybe I had two all year," Graham said. "I was runner-up for conference player of the year."

Watch him play and you'll see a shooting guard strapped in the size of a point man. Graham's hoping for a few more inches to get himself to 6-foot-2 and he understands the significance of getting taller.

"It'll be very important to get bigger. It might make me or break me. You don't see a lot of 6-foot two guards in the NBA or in college."

However, that's not to say being undersized doesn't have its occasional advantages. "Sometimes the two can slip over into the crack easier and get easier shots but I'm working on my point guard skills. I'll have to be a point guard in college [at this height]."

Maybe he will, maybe he won't. Wake Forest's Taron Downey beat the system as an undersized scorer, so there's some precedent for success.

Thus far, the lone school to see him in action as a sophomore was North Carolina State. UNC's Roy Williams might have caught a glimpse of him at a Christmas tournament in Boone, N.C., when he dropped 48 in a game, but his exposure has been limited.

The Deacons, Pack, Louisville, Syracuse, Arkansas, St. John's and East Carolina all have him on their mailing lists heading into the spring period.


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