InsideMDSports: Terps chasing Torian Graham?
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The Maryland basketball staff continues to span the country in its efforts to bring in a top 2012 recruiting class, a tour that recently made a pit stop at Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla. – the new home of senior shooting guard Torian Graham.
Graham, a highly touted former N.C. State commitment ranked the No. 52 prospect in the Class of ’12, has been on Maryland’s radar for some time, having known Terps assistant Dalonte Hill from his days playing for the D.C. Assault AAU program. Hill joined head coach Mark Turgeon on the visit to Graham, an ultra-athletic 6-foot-4 scorer who hails from Durham, N.C.
“They think he’s an outstanding player and would be an asset to their program,” said ACD head coach Rex Morgan. “Coach Turgeon makes his kids better, and as a coach, that’s important to me.”
Both Morgan and Len Lilly, Graham’s guardian, said Graham is nowhere near making a decision. He’s been settling in at Arlington Country Day following his fall transfer there, working on academics and coping with the recent passing of his mother.
“He’s doing pretty good. He’s taking everything well. I’m impressed with him. He’s matured a lot,” Lilly said. “He’s really just taking it easy right now.”
Lilly said Maryland, Baylor, Florida State and Texas are among the schools seriously pursuing Graham. Graham has been high on Kentucky for some time, but does not have an offer from the Wildcats and may not receive one following the commitment of blue-chip Arkansas shooting guard Archie Goodwin on Tuesday.
“He’s got a lot of schools recruiting him,” Lilly said. “I talked to Dalonte. They offered, I think it was a few weeks ago.”
Could the presence of Hill, who’s known Graham for years, secure Graham’s commitment? It could help, Lilly said, but won’t be the deciding factor.
“Sort of, but it’s not that big of an influence. Dalonte is a good guy,” he said.
Graham has yet to schedule any visits but will likely do so soon, including a trip to College Park.
“He hasn’t as of right now, but he will probably [take visits] in November some time,” Morgan said.
It remains undecided whether Graham will sign early or wait until the spring period. Morgan said Graham is preparing to take the ACT and/or SAT right now.
Graham has been recovering from an ankle injury, but Morgan has had no trouble seeing why high-major programs are seeking his commitment.
“He’s very explosive. He’s been injured but I’d seen him play before. He’s also got very good basketball IQ,” he said.
The other question: is Maryland pursuing Graham as a sixth recruit – the Terps will likely take a power forward and are in prime position with Houston guard Christian Sanders – or is he an alternative in case Sanders goes elsewhere? Only the staff knows for sure, but it’s become clear there is serious interest in Graham.
Stay tuned …
-- Story by Jeff Ermann