Thursday, February 2, 2012

Panthers interested in elite 2012 shooting guard

Torian Graham, a 6'4" shooting guard from Creedmor (NC) Christian Faith Academy, was twice considered an NC State commit, but twice changed his mind.  Now he has opened up his recruiting.  One of those teams interested is Pittsburgh.

Graham, a native of Durham, NC, is generally considered a top 50 prospect, and even more exciting for Pitt fans, he is the tall, highly athletic scorer that the Panthers have never had at the position. Graham has three point range and is known to be a high flying dunker.  But if the Panthers were to land Graham, they will have to fight for him.  He is still considering NC State and Louisville, Memphis, and Xavier are also pursuing hard.

27 comments:

  1. Chris, pitts interested in him, but how interested is he in pitt? If those are the only schools chasing him ghen pitt should have a good shot

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  2. Pitt needs a PF for that extra ship!!
    5spot... Adams & Gilbert
    4spot... Zanna & Taylor
    Need a 5th...

    Johnson will be SG next season. I'm not impressed with Wright. Who knows if Epps will stick around next season with PG coming in. If this Graham comes, then Wright and/or Epps will be asked to leave.

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    1. if graham comes here i'll gladly hold the door open for wright and epps as they leave and i'll lock it and throw away the key.

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  3. Joe D,

    Birch left and Gibbs and Naz are seniors, so we should be okay bringing in 3 into the 2012 recruiting class (Adams, Robinson, and whomever), right? Is there something that I am missing?

    Z

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    1. Spot on!!!

      Because Birch left... they have an extra ship to give for 2012...
      Lots of decent PF on the board that haven't committed yet per rivals. Amile Jefferson for one...

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  4. I watched vids of graham....Brandon jennings

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  5. Pitt needs better forwards but getting Graham would be a huge get. Guards win for you in college basketball and a threesome of Robinson, Johnson, and Graham would be potentially amongst the best trio in the country down the road.

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  6. Was anyone from Pitt at the Shaler Tourney 2 weeks ago... Arlington County Day was there... I assume Graham played.

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  7. Chris, a player like this doesnt really fit what jamie likes his teams to do. Do you think that if pitt landed him with robinson and adams coming in he would allow some offensive freedom?

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  8. I think Pitt/Dixon needs to concentrate on highly ranked, skilled backcourt players. Recruit the Troutman/Gray/McGee worker types for the front line. Pitt's style is not going to keep "elite" frontcourt players happy.

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  9. Maybe pitt should allow some, not a lot, some offensive freedom when they get a guard who can make things happen offensively. You dont see too many elite teams with tremendous forwards and role player guards.

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  10. Also, has been stayed in young with that cali juco?

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  11. I just read he may have some baggage. True/not true? I won't buy it until you say it.

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  12. That reminds me. What's your take on JJ Moore at this point? My impression going into the season was that he could certainly score but would only be on the court to do so as much as defensive improvement allowed. However, for all of his much hyped athleticism he seems to rarely utilize it offensively. I haven't watch every game (as I'm on the West Coast) but have tuned in for at least 75% and I feel like he's mostly taking jump shots. Does he not have the ball handling skills to penetrate and drive to the hoop despite said athleticism? I know he's only a sophomore so I don't want to get too impatient with him at this point but what's your take?

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  13. Jamz, I couldn't agree more and I was considering writing an article about that subject.

    I don't think Graham has too much baggage. I mean, he is one these kids that have been to many schools but it's not like he is a criminal or anything like that.

    As for Moore, he's highly athletic but he doesn't use it. He has to just be more aggressive. All of the excellent players are aggressive but Moore hasn't shown the desire yet. Most never do have that killer instinct. That's why most players aren't excellent.

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  14. I was just curious. His indecision on schools was the only red flag that I saw and it didn't bother me. These kids are put on the spot to make a decision and one of the hardest things to do in life is simply say no.

    I read a good article on ESPN today.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/preview2011/story/_/id/7148289/dave-telep-state-game-insider-guide-dirty-recruiting?eleven=twelve

    I'd like to hear your thoughts. As someone said on another blog, this story had shades of Birch's trajectory in it.

    I wonder if Pat Skerry toed the line a little bit in recruiting and was a factor him going to Towson...didn't make since after only one season at Pitt. I could definitely see Dixon not being comfortable with recruiting at the elite level and deciding to part ways. Pure speculation and not an indictment on Skerry - he could be legit for all I know.

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  15. I got to know Skerry pretty well and he was a good guy. As are Jamie Dixon and Birch's prep school coach Ryan Hurd. All three of them were instrumental in keeping Birch's recruitment on the up and up when it came to Pitt. Birch's family was courted by other more scrupulous people but Skerry, Dixon, and Hurd convinced Khem to do it the right way (despite his handlers wanting to take hand outs from others). The only reason Skerry left was because he wanted to be a head coach and got that opportunity.

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  16. Doke - As of now, Pitt will have no real SG, besides Johnson and he is a midget. So what do you think about trying JJ at SG? Maybe he is just out of position at the 3?

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  17. Thanks for clarifying.

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  18. His weaknesses would be exploited even more at the two unfortunately. He's not good defensively or handling the ball.

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    1. Would you rather have Cam Wright or JJ at the 2? Hence my thoughts about why JJ needs to make the move. Also I am assuming that Durand Johnshon can get some minutes at the 3 and Jamie doesn't recruit a decent sized kid to play shooting guard.

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  19. Have a friend who is a high school coach at one of the public schools in Raleigh and his words on this kid were not promising. Said he was a mess, bouncing around schools, and only a miracle would see him qualify. Did say he was crazy athletic, but not the best in the area. Who needs academics when you can have 20-8-8 a game?

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  20. Cam Wright is just a freshman and has played comparably bad to other freshman Pitt guards. My point...he'll get better.

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  21. If Cam hasn't learned to shoot a jump shot by his 2nd year in college, then he will never learn. Also he is a turnover machine

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  22. The same was said of brad wannamaker

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  23. Pantsy, to be honest, if Pitt thinks he will be trouble or can't get or keep him eligible then they want pursue him. They are simply inquiring about him right now. Just doing their due diligence.

    As for Wright, he's always been a poor shooter so at best he's probably going to be mediocre some day. I just don't really understand signing a two that can't shoot. That's the thing a two is mostly supposed to do. But now that he's there, hopefully he'll prove me wrong. I think there can be a place for him if he develops another part of his great to a great degree, as in turning himself into a defensive stopper, but otherwise if he can't become a good shooter in the future I really hope he's not starting because that would be a big mistake.

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