Graham's Recruitment Takes Off

Every evaluation period a few prospects explode on to the scene and Delwan Graham is the latest to "blow up." Playing with the Atlanta Celtics, Graham stood out and grabbed the attention of high-major coaches across the country.

Year after year the Atlanta Celtics put out D-1 prospects. This year wasn't any different, as the Celtics had a loaded team and finished off the summer circuit by winning the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas.

Although Derrick Favors, Trey Thompkins and Chris Singleton get most of the credit for the Celtics, it was 6-foot-6 forward Delwan Graham that proved to be the difference late in the summer.

On arguably the biggest stage Graham showed out. In the semi-finals of the adidas Super 64 the Dunwoody (Ga.) High standout led the Celtics with 19 points in a win over Indiana Elite.

Next up was Pump N' Run Elite in the championship and they couldn't slow him either. Graham, who pumped in 20 points and 9 rebounds in the win, scored by getting to the basket, knocking down mid-range jumpers and throwing down dunks in transition.

"I didn't think it was going to happen, but it was the last time I was going to play with the Celtics and play AAU basketball period." Graham said. "I just wanted to end off with a good win."

With great play, comes great rewards. So when Graham returned home from Las Vegas, he was hit with a bevy of phone calls from high-major schools.

Not long after returning home (July 31st) he set up a private work out that was attended by LSU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, South Florida, South Carolina, Central Florida, Georgia Tech and Western Kentucky.

Graham also indicated that Baylor, Purdue, Cincinnati, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Georgia, Illinois, Dayton, Tulane, Tennessee and Tennessee Tech are also involved in his recruitment but couldn't make it for the work out.

At this point he is still open to new schools, however, Graham does plan to examine his list and start making cuts when school begins in two weeks.

"I'm going to try and narrow it down to my top five and then take five official visits. Right now I'm still open to any college. My high school coach and I are going to sit down and try to figure out which top five schools would be for me."

Graham, who has scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Mississippi, LSU, South Carolina, Tulane, Dayton, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and VCU, has a good idea of what he's looking for, he just needs some time to look at the schools.

"I'm looking for how I fit in with the team and how me and my teammates get along. Also what kind of relationship can me and the coach build and see if I'm going to be able to play when I get there or will I have to redshirt. Academics are part of it too.

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