Ole Miss picks up first basketball commit

Zach Graham (Wing, Suwanee, GA) - Ole Miss was able to land its number one recruit, regardless of position, when the 6' 5", 200 pound Peachtree Ridge product committed to the Rebels.


"Zach committed to Ole Miss yesterday," commented Zach's father.

Graham averaged 22 points a game as a junior for Peachtree Ridge and was named All-State for his on the court accomplishments.

Zach had the following things to say during a prior interview with scout.com:

"I am very unselfish and I have good character and wouldn't’t be the bad apple on the team. I would play hard and do all I can for the team’s sake. I would try to bring things that the team needs to win championships," commented Zach Graham.

Describe your game to someone who has never seen you play.

"Would say it’s unique. It’s flashy in a way. It’s efficient."

What brings a smile to your face when you are on the court?

"What makes me smile is when everybody is playing together and everybody is having fun. When you have chemistry and everything is clicking, it’s fun."

What is the scouting report on Zach Graham?

"I think an opposing team would play me to drive to the basket. I can shoot outside even though I have not shot from the perimeter much at this camp."

Graham is a two sports star as he has been offered a football scholarship by Arkansas, South Carolina, and Boston College.

His main focus at Ole Miss will be basketball but here is are some quotes about his football game with an earlier interview with scout.com

If you select football, do you have a position preference?

"I would like to play quarterback even though some people have recruited me at other positions."

What schools are recruiting you the most for basketball?

"In no particular order, Florida (offer), Georgetown, Tennessee (offer), South Carolina, Virginia Tech (offer), Alabama (offer), Georgia(offer, Mississippi (offer), Florida State and Miami."

What schools are recruiting you the most for football?

"Mississippi State, Arkansas (offered), Boston College (offered), Kentucky and South Carolina (offered). I know there are some others that my Father knows."

The following information was asked from Tom Konchalski, Publisher of High School Basketball Illustrated, talent evaluator often quoted in USA Today, as well as newspapers and magazines across the country. Often a guest on the Madison Square Garden television network sports show, “High School Weekly”

Describe the abilities of Zach Graham as well as his value to a team.

"Zach Graham is a player that is very strong taking the ball to the basket. He is physical, can absorb contact and finish plays. He will be an and one scorer," added Tom Konchalski

The following information comes from Sean Jones, AAU Coach, Georgia Hurricanes:

How long have you coached Zach Graham?

"I have coached Zach for six years, ever since he was twelve years old," commented Sean Jones

Would you describe his development the past year?

"He is stronger and more confident and consistent in the things that he does on the court. He is focusing more on the specifics of his game and making the necessary adjustments."

What parts of his game would you like to see him improve this year?

"I would like to see him take over a game more. He is very unselfish and will do exactly what you ask of him but I would like to see him step out of the box and take command of the game. I use him in many different situations. His versatility will be an asset to the school that he attends."

What would you like a coach to know about Zach?

"I would like a coach to know that his position is the three (small forward) but he can also be used in other positions to create opportunities for his teammates. He handles the ball better than what people think and can cause match up problems for opponents out front, on top and at the wing. He has a big frame and his game changes accordingly to the opponent he is playing against. In certain situations you can play him at guard to get things going for his teammates."

What is the scouting report on Zach?

"He is balanced. He is a scorer. He will either score the two points or you will foul him and he will be at the free throw line. He has that football background and he can see the floor. He can shoot and hit the three as well as get to the basket. He can pass and create for teammates. You can move him around to other positions where his versatility will create problems for opponents. He is an excellent shooter from the free throw line as well as from the field.

Graham marks Ole Miss' first public commitment.

Two of his teammates from the Georgia Hurricanes, Keegan Bell and Jordan DeMercy, are currently on their official visits at the University of Mississippi.

Will the Rebels make it a trifecta?

Stay tuned to scout.com to find out.


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