Pack Offers Graham

Durham (NC) Hillside star Torian Graham is on the move. The rising junior will take his game to one of the top prep schools in the country this fall.

Durham (NC) Hillside star Torian Graham is on the move. The rising junior will take his game to one of the top prep schools in the country this fall.

"I'll be going to Oak Hill this year," said Graham. "It's been on my mind for a long time, but I finally came to a decision a couple of weeks back.

"I want to play on a higher level, and I think going to Oak Hill will enable me to play against stronger national competition. It's a great opportunity for me."

A 6-foot-4, 175-pound wing, Graham averaged 17 points a game for Hillside during his sophomore season. He is also the younger brother of Tyree Graham, also a Durham (NC) native who started out his college career at Texas Tech but will be playing for Rutgers this fall.

"Having Tyree go through his own recruitment has really helped me," Graham stated. "He's here to help me make better decisions. He always says that he wants my path to be easier than his has been."

The younger Graham is on his way. He's starring on the AAU circuit for DC Assault's 16-under team and has spent some time playing up with the 17-under squad. In June he camped at NC State with Hillside, and his stellar showing led to a scholarship offer from the Wolfpack.

"NC State offered me after the big camp I had there," he said. "I think that's a real big offer. To be honest, I was about to cry because it's such a big offer coming from a good ACC school. Basically coach Sidney Lowe let me know that I had a scholarship offer from State.

"At the camp I thought I tried to put the team on my back and win games. I think I averaged close to 35 points a game at State's camp."

Graham indicated that he now holds offers from Xavier and NC State, and he is hearing from Richmond, UMASS, Marquette, Boston College, Miami, Georgetown, East Carolina, VCU, South Carolina, and Rutgers.

While it's early Graham indicated that he has a top five and two programs currently stick out.

"NC State, Xavier, Miami, BC, and Marquette would probably be my top five schools for now," he said. "NC State and Xavier would be my top two. My relationship with Pat Kelsey from Xavier is great. They offered when I was a freshman and have made the NCAAs something like 16 years in a row. I also know David West, who is from this area, played there and is now in the NBA.

"With NC State, I like coach Lowe a lot. He was watching a lot of my games when I was at their camp, and I know he's a real good coach with a great personality. I look forward to building a relationship with him. Plus, I know some of the players at State like Tracy Smith, and I'm building with them also."

Graham will be back in action in July with DC Assault. He's also playing in the S.J.G. Greater NC Pro-Am with Team Navy.


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