2007 Intro: Zach Graham

Right now Zach Graham is tossing TD passes, but the Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) junior is leaning towards playing his "other" sport of basketball after he graduates.

Zach Graham's father, David, played football and basketball at Morehouse College in Atlanta and went onto play professional football in the NFL and USFL. Don't expect the younger Graham, a junior at Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) who is currently tossing touchdown passes, to follow in dad's footsteps.

It's nothing against his father, who is actually Zach's role model despite an ultra-competitive relationship between the two – which even stretches to video games and pool.

``He inspires me a lot, but we always clash," Zach said.

It's just that Zach Graham probably won't be a two-sport guy in college – and it's even more unlikely that he'll go onto play football after school.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Graham showed his ability to get to the basket at ABCD Camp this past July – and part of it can be attributed to having to go up against his father, who is about 6-6 and tips the scales at around 250.

``He's much faster than I was at his age," David Graham said. "He's not only faster than I was, but he's also stronger."

Graham, 16, who one coach compared to a bigger version of Greg Tinch, averaged 18 points per game on the hardwood as a freshman and upped it to 21 points per contest last season. One of the reasons for his success, according to his father, is that he's always been playing against older kids.

``What makes Zach special is his work ethic," said Sean Jones, Graham's AAU coach with the Georgia Hurricanes. "He always makes eye contact, is well-mannered and very intelligent. He picks things up very quickly."

``He's versatile and can play four positions on the court and really create mismatches," added Jones. "He's got a great knack for getting to the free throw line and his outside shot is getting better."

Most kids look at playing time as the primary factor when choosing a school, but Graham won't put that as high as his peers.

``Number one is the education," said Graham, who has a 3.3 GPA. "My goal is to win the NCAA championship. I also want to go somewhere that I can grow outside of basketball and somewhere that can develop my skills so that I can hopefully play at the next level."

Graham said he's already fielded a handful of offers and has a lengthy list that includes Georgia, Alabama, Tulane, Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Miami, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Penn State, South Carolina and Arkansas.

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