Devonte Graham finished his four-year career at Kansas as one of the Jayhawks’ most decorated players ever. And according to Sports Illustrated, the whole thing almost didn’t happen.
Sports Illustrated’s Joan Niesen wrote a story on Graham’s road to Kansas, which was published on Thursday. The story details how Graham, once a lightly-recruited Appalachian State commit, ended up a star at the Phog.
According to Niesen, Graham originally signed with Appalachian State, hoping to secure any spot at the Division I level. However, he soon realized that he might be selling his future short – but Mountaineers head coach Jason Capel refused his request to let him out of his letter of intent.
Looking for a different path, Graham instead spent a year at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., where his recruitment blew up. Capel was fired after the season, and after new head coach Jim Fox let Graham out of his letter of intent, Graham ended up at Kansas.
The rest is history. Graham became an All-American and the 2018 Big 12 Player of the Year, leading the Jayhawks to the Final Four last season. Graham averaged 17.6 points and 7.2 assists last season for Kansas.
Now, Graham is setting his sights on the NBA. Graham’s stock hasn’t been high heading into the 2018 NBA Draft, but he told Niesen that he believes he can make a big impact at the next level.
“I think I’m one of the best play-making point guards in the draft. I can play off the ball, shoot the ball pretty well, and I’ve got experience. I know how to win. I’m a winner. I’ve been in a lot of situations that guys haven’t been in and played in a lot of big games that guys haven’t.”