Graham Eager To Return

NC State commitment Torian Graham had minor knee surgery last month, and the talented shooting guard is close to returning to the hardwood.

NC State commitment Torian Graham had minor knee surgery last month, and the talented shooting guard is close to returning to the hardwood.

"I feel like I'm about a week away at the most," said Graham. "It's probably three or four days before I can get back to playing.

"I've been doing a lot of physical therapy, working on rehabbing the knee. I've been doing a lot of work in the swimming pool because there is less resistance. As far a return with the tournaments, I could possibly be back for the Peach Jam."

The injury has been tough for Graham, but helping him with the process is his older brother, Tyree Graham. A former hoops star out of Durham, North Carolina, Tyree started his college career at Texas Tech before eventually ending up at Rutgers.

He signed with Rutgers last spring, but suffered a major knee injury that sidelined him for the 2010-2011 season. Then in early April he ruptured his Achilles' tendon, another serious injury, and Rutgers placed him on medical hardship. Now back at home, Tyree and Torian are rehabbing together.

"Having my brother here to go through this with me has been great," said Torian. "He really helps me a lot with the mental side of things... what I need to do and look out for.

"I can look at what he's been through and what he's going through now... it helps me understand what I can do and what I can't do. Being the younger brother has certainly helped me. It makes it a lot easier."

Graham, who normally suits up on the AAU circuit with DC Assault, stated that he would be playing for the CP3 All-Stars should he play in the Peach Jam. A Nike-sponsored event, the Peach Jam features several of the top Nike AAU programs in the country, and DC Assault, an Adidas-affiliated program, is playing in the Adidas Invitational this week.

A big reason why Graham hopes to make it back for the Peach Jam is because it will give him a chance to play with five-star guard Rodney Purvis, a major priority for NC State and a good friend of Graham's.

"I'd definitely love to get to play with Rodney at the Peach Jam," Graham stated. "I like his game a lot, and I'm hoping he commits to State.

"If we got to play together now it would allow us to build a bond and become even more familiar with how we can play together."

A solid commitment to NC State, Graham says he is not being recruited by any other schools. He maintains that his decision is final, and he is as happy about his choice today as he was when he made it.

"Being committed to NC State is a blessing," he said. "I'll be playing in the ACC, and I'll be at home getting good exposure in front of my family and friends.

"I'll get to play against Duke and [North] Carolina, teams I've grown up watching. I feel like it's a blessing."

While Graham's college future has been decided, he remains unsure of his plans for his senior season. He played last year at Raleigh's Word of God Christian Academy before finishing out the school year at Pace Academy, a small school in Chapel Hill.

There has been speculation that he would attend a public school in Durham this fall, but Graham stated that no final decision has been made.

"I don't really know right now," he said. "Nothing is official. I'd like to play at a public school like Jordan or Hillside, but it's not finalized. I'm hoping to have that decided here soon."

Graham is currently rated the No. 34 prospect in the country and the No. 9 shooting guard by

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