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Name: Devonte' Graham

School: Kansas

Season: Junior

ESPN High School Ranking: Unranked

Birthdate: February 22, 1995 (21)

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina

Family: 

- Mom Dewanna King had Devonte when she was 15 - had a mature attitude and embraced the opportunity to have a child 

- She was in abusive relationship, so Dewanna's mother moved family away from Raeford, NC to Raleigh, NC

- Father is now out of the picture

- Grew up in small room in family member's apartment

- Devonte's grandmother provided tough love to Dewanna - they raised him well

High School: Brewster Academy

Accolades:

- 2016 Big 12 Tournament MVP

Twitter: Devonte_Graham4

Instagram: DtaeGraham

Height: 6'2

Weight: 180

Injury History: 

- Partially torn quad tendon in 2015 - he missed World University games - no surgery, but knee immobilized for 3 weeks

- Spent hours working on his jumpshot with a shooting gun during that time

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Vocal leader

- Upbeat personality, always smiling, great attitude

- Assistant Coach Norm Roberts "He's the most popular guy on campus"

- Appreciative of opportunities

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 5.7 PPG

- 2.1 APG

- 1.5 RPG

- 0.9 SPG

- 39% FG

- 43% 3

- 72% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: 

- 11.3 PPG

- 3.7 APG

- 3.3 RPG

- 1.4 SPG

- 46% FG

- 44% 3

- 74% FT

Junior Season Stats: Through 9 games

- 13.7 PPG

- 5.1 APG

- 3.2 RPG

- 1.7 SPG

- 48% FG

- 43% 3

- 78% FT

Analytics: 

- 19th in offensive box plus/minus in the NCAA

- 1st in 3 point field goals made, attempted and 3 point percentage in the Big 12 (25/58 - 43%)

Position: PG

Greatest Strength: Athleticism

Greatest Weakness: None

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 8

Speed: 8

Strength: 8

Lateral Movement: 8

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 5

3 point shooting: 8

Jumpshot: 8

Ability to finish at the rim: 8

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 8

Passing: 7

Rebounding: 5

Motor: 8

Touch: 8

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 8

Help defense: 7

Steals: 8

Blocks: 5

Pick and Roll: 

- Graham is a killer on the pick-and-roll both offensively and defensively

- Offensively, he can shoot off the screen, attack and score on multiple defenders at the rim, or throw the alley-oop pass to the roller

- Defensively, Graham is very quick and capable of going under screens and recovering or fighting around and recovering, as well

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Graham is an elite basketball athlete 

- 3 point shooting - 43% 

- Finishing at the hoop with contact

- Controls the pace of the game

- High IQ and decision-making - makes winning plays like a Billups or Lowry - Knows when to shoot and when to pass

- On-ball defense - Lateral quickness is elite, can fight around screens and still recover

Game Analysis: 

Game 1:

- vs. Duke 

- #5 Luke Kennard

- #3 Grayson Allen

- #15 Frank Jackson

- Gets beat on closeout but recovers very well - athlete

- Good hesitation to go right and get to hoop - bricked floater

- Very bouncy and great lateral movement/quickness

- Runs around 2 screens, gets good look at a 45 3 - miss

- Very smooth natural basketball player 

- Catch in corner, pump, drive and dish to open man under hoop - called for charge but bad call

- Great job fighting around ball screen and recovering to stop Kennard's drive, Kennard extended arm and Graham drew offensive foul

- On transition defense got back quickly and pointed to his teammate who they were supposed to guard

- Grabs oose ball off the offensive glass at the 3 point line and fires a one-handed pass to the big man for an easy dunk

- Good job sticking with Jackson (who is very quick) on the drive and not fouling him - then got rebound and missed pullup 3

- Great stunt and recovery to his man - never gets beaten

- Graham tip - 2nd deflection of the game - always aware on transition defense with his hands up 

- Hand off, one dribble pullup 3 - knew it was short and followed it, got offensive rebound and finished a high arching layup over 2 much bigger defenders (winning play) 

- Gets around up-screen and does very good contesting Kennard 3 at left 45 - forced miss

- Alley-oop picked off on pick-and-roll - right idea pass was just a little low 

- Great backdoor cut when defender ball-watches, finishes reverse layup

- Catch and shoot 3 left 45 - smooth stroke

- Played whole half and has not let up

- Goes 1 on 4 in transition before the defense can set up, goes straight left, elevates, and floats it in over 2 defenders with contact

- Gets caught up on screen, doesn't give up on the play, after Duke gets off reb, he blocks the big's shot - winning play

- Stays low on Kennard and doesn't bite on his shot fakes

Game 2:

- vs. Georgia

- #30 J.J. Frazier

- #3 Juwan Parker

- #0 William Jackson II

- #2 Jordan Harris

- Incredible play - Hits three in left corner then hustles back in transition, strips Goergia player on drive and forces turnover.

- good contest on 3

- shot is off, missing good looks at 3s and pullup jumper 

- rotation late, drives left 45 straight line to hoop, help reached and fouled him - FTs 1/2

- catches at right corner, great up-fake, one dribble (created great separation) and hit jumper - great air on his jumper

- 50/50 ball passed to him, threw body into man before ball came - brilliant

- catch and shoot left corner 3

- Catch and shoot left corner 3 - has hit some and missed some, but I like that he just takes the shot when its there

- Catches at top of key, ball fake left, drives with right down middle and finishes athletic layup with left - floats

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 7.5

Projected Draft Spot: Late 1st Round

Opinion: He will probably be much better in the NBA than his draft positioning suggests. If given the opportunity, he has NBA starting PG potential. Graham has no real weakness and is a very good athlete, shooter, on-ball defender, and penetrator. What more do you want?