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April 23, 2011

King James Classic: Graham stands out

AKRON, Ohio- The 2012 class is loaded with quality big men, but there are few shooting guards who will be at the top of the rankings with the big men when everything shakes out. Torian Graham stood out as one of those shooting guards at the King James Classic Friday night.

Torian Graham (2012, DC Asault)

Ultra athletic and smooth with the basketball on the wing, Graham got his team buckets whenever he wanted. The problem was that he had limited minutes and was less active on the court than usual due to a stomach virus.

Graham is now 6-foot-4, 180-pounds and at Pace Academy in North Carlina. Where he will be next year is still undetermined. When on the court, he is a lethal wing scorer off the catch, in the midrange and at the basket.

Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Miami (offer) and North Carolina State (offer) are the five schools Graham said he is most serious about.

Demetrius Henry (2012, Team Breakdown)

Still on the thin side, Henry does have length at 6-foot-8 and is quick off the floor around the basket. Not really comfortable scoring with his back to the basket at this point, he is more of a face up scorer.

Henry has an offer from Virginia Tech and said that Florida and South Florida are tow schools who have recently become serious about him.

Richard Lee (2014, Team Breakdown)

As an underclassman, Lee doesn't get a lot of run for Team Breakdown but was he ever an impressive looking prospect when he was in the game. A 6-foot-3, chiseled 200-pound shooting guard, Lee has a presence on the court that belies his youth. He was comfortable with the ball, didn't shy away from his shot and was a focused and athletic defender.

Lee already has a Virginia Tech offer and interest from Alabama, West Virginia, FIU and FAU.

Nate Britt (2013, DC Assault)

A crafty lefty point guard, Britt does a nice job setting up his teammates. In terms of development, Britt isn't overly quick, so he will need to become more of an outside shooting threat going forward to set up his dribble dish game.

Junior Etou (2013, DC Assault)

You won't find many young post prospects who play as hard and as physical as Etou. He is a little undersized at his point as a low post player. But his strength and motor are top notch.

Mike Hall (2012, World Wide Renegades)

This 6-foot-10, 195-pounder was the surprise of the night. He was an intimidating presence defensively in the lane and he secured a number of tough rebounds. Offensively, he showed touch out to 15-feet. Physical strength isn't his strong point, but he is far from soft and played with a nice edge to his game.

High majors better get on the ball. Only New Mexico State, Tennessee Tech and Murray State have offered. Miami had been showing interest before the shooting change. Hall also noted interest from Georgia Tech, Virginia, Clemson, Georgia and Auburn.

Hall is perhaps the top high major sleeper I have spotted this spring.

Charles Mitchell (2012, World Wide Renegades)

Mitchell isn't an explosive athlete, but he is something that few post players in his class are. He is a confident low post scorer with his back to the basket. Mitchell gets leverage with his physical strength and is comfortable turning to either shoulder. Both he and Hall had double-doubles in their game.

Mitchell said Xavier and Virginia Tech are recruiting him the hardest, and he plans to visit both schools in the near future. He also listed Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina State, Georgia and Alabama.


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