JUCO Guard Graham Chooses Rutgers

New Rutgers coach Mike Rice picked up his second committment of the week when junior college guard Tyree Graham changed his pledge from UAB to Rutgers. The spring signing period ended Wednesday night, so it is uncertain whether Graham signed a binding national letter of intent, or whether he will sign scholarship papers, which would still allow him to change his mind and attend another school.

Tyree Graham, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard out of Brunswick Community College, announced a non-binding oral commitment to play at Rutgers via his twitter account.

Graham, who played for one season at Texas Tech before transferring to a junior college closer to his home, will have two years of eligibility remaining. He chose the Scarlet Knights after originally committing to Alabama-Birmingham.

"I'm going to sign with Rutgers in the morning world,'' Graham wrote on his twitter account. "Sorry UAB fans. But the guy that recruited is gone so I can't be a BLAZER. …Rutgers will be the best situation for me.''

It is unclear whether Graham already signed a binding national letter of intent. The spring signing period ended Wednesday night, and if Graham did not sign an NLI, he could still sign a financial aid agreement. However, signing such an agreement does not bind Graham to Rutgers, meaning he could change his mind and opt for another school until he attends his first class at Rutgers.

In 30 games, he averaged 17.4 points for Brunswick last season. As a freshman at Texas Tech, Graham played in 13 games and shot 30.2 percent from the field. He averaged 3.9 points in 14.3 minutes per game.

However, before he enrolls at Rutgers, there are admissions hurdles which he must pass.

Graham prepped at Village Christian Academy in Fayetteville, N.C., where he averaged 23.7 points and seven rebounds per game as a senior.

He is the second commit for Rutgers head coach Mike Rice this week. Mike Poole, a 6-foot-6 guard out of St. Benedict's of Newark (N.J.) committed to Rutgers earlier in the week.

Poole signed his NLI, and it was annouced today.

Mike Poole Signs National Letter of Intent to Compete for RU "Mike is a versatile performer with a winning mentality," Rice said. "We are very excited to welcome him into the program. Mike is a very athletic young man who excels defensively. He has a frame for the game. With his developing skills, he is poised to become a greater offensive threat."
As ScarletReport.com receives more information on Graham, this story will be updated.

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