Georgia Forward Impresses At Adidas Classic

After seeing countless games this past weekend in the Adidas It Takes 5ive Classic at the University of Cincinnati, one forward kept catching my eye. Bearcat Insider spoke with the Atlanta Celtics' Delwan Graham after he returned home from their runner-up finish in the tournament.

With five games going on at the same time, it could get very hectic at the University of Cincinnati's Shoemaker Center this past weekend for the Adidas It Takes 5ive Classic AAU tournament, but one player that kept impressing me with his hustle and overall play was Delmar Graham. The 6' 5.5"/208 pound forward is a teammate of Bearcat recruiting target Chris Singleton, and together these two very active forwards give the Atlanta Celtics a very formidable front court.

The Celtics eventually lost in the 17U finals to Pump-N-Run, but Delwan repeatedly proved he can play well against top competition. He succinctly described his game. "I can get to the basket and score." Delwan did a good job of that all weekend, but he does much more than just scoring. He defends, rebounds and brings a high energy level to his team.

His offer list is already impressive, but after this weekend, it will likely grow. Delwan listed some of his suitors. "I have offers from Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech, LSU, Wichita State, and Dayton. Those are the ones I can remember right now." In addition to those schools, others are showing interest, and Delwan is reciprocating. "My top five right now would be Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Memphis and Kansas." Keep in mind that several of those schools have yet to offer. Later Delwan also mentioned Georgia Tech as a favorite since he said he likes their coach.

Up till now, the Bearcats have apparently recruited Delwan to a lesser degree since he wasn't sure which UC coach was recruiting him, but he enjoyed his weekend in Cincinnati despite seeing very little of the campus itself. "It was nice. I liked the gym, but I didn't really get a chance to see too much. We spent most of our time either in the gym or going to and from the hotel."

Graham said his Dunwoody High School squad advanced to the Georgia's Elite Eight last season with him averaging an estimated 18 points and 16 rebounds a contest. Those kind of statistics have gotten schools interested, but Delwan won't be the first in his family to play college ball. The Georgia star said his brother played college basketball at New Mexico and North Texas State.

The jumping jack of a forward said he has a 2.8 GPA and is interested in studying sports medicine in college. If Bearcat small forward recruiting target Tony Mitchell stays with his commitment to Alabama, Delmar Graham might make a very nice alternative and could even help with the Bearcats recruitment of Chris Singleton.

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