During a recent visit to State College, the 6-foot-8 power forward from Baltimore said that he was looking for a sign that he was to become a Nittany Lion. Graham, who told FightOnState.com that he comes from a "religious family," said that during his entire visit, he felt at ease and comfort. It wasn't one moment that sticks out, but it was the sign he was looking for.
"It was just being there that I knew this was the right place for me," Graham said.
A player who strong reviews for playing with his back to the basket and his ability to get rebounds, Graham will bring some much needed length to the PSU front court. He took his decision down to the spring, but the stability of the Nittany Lion staff and its strong recruiting efforts put it a notch above the rest. Graham cited coaching changes in other programs after him as a factor in his decision.
Graham said that during his visits to Penn State, he had the chance to get to know the players and hang out with them, saying that he really enjoyed the atmosphere around the squad and the personalities in the mix. Pick-up basketball games let him see the team up close and let his future teammates see his ability on the court.
Even with multiple offers and plenty of attention, Graham is glad he waited and eventually chose PSU.
"My dad talked a lot about patience," Graham said of his father, Ernie Graham, a former standout at Maryland. "He told me there was no rush and to make the right choice and be at peace about what I end up doing.
"I felt like I could do great things at Penn State," he added
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