"I think they'll use me as a scorer really," Graves said. "I'll help out Stanley Burrell."
That he will and then some. Graves experienced a meteoric rise into the Scout.com Top 100 when he came out of nowhere to break into the Top 75 after a strong spring and summer.
For Graves' mom, staying close to home is just what she ordered. "It's a blessing. I can breath," Jeanell Graves said. "I thought he might leave."
The mother of 9 children has fond memories of Xavier. "I had a friend and I remember that we used to go and visit Xavier and watch the games. I really enjoyed just being. Plus, it's close to home. We have a relationship with them."
Graves is ready to lace them up and make it happen. "As a freshman, if we can make it to the NCAA Tournament and get a 20-win season (that would be successful)," Graves said. "For me, I'd want to be one of the leading scorers as a freshman in the Atlantic-10."