NORMAN, Okla. – Kansas sophomore Devonte Graham scored a career-high 27 points, guarded Oklahoma star Buddy Hield as if his scholarship depended on it and played 39 tireless minutes as the Jayhawks pulled out a 76-72 road triumph.
And thus history was made Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center: this was the finest performance ever by a basketball player who signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Appalachian State.
That’s where Graham was headed in 2013, until he blew up as a high school senior in Raleigh, N.C. Graham then transferred to New England prep school Brewster Academy for a post-graduate season – only to be held hostage by Appalachian State, which refused to release him from his letter of intent.
Then-coach Jason Capel understandably was bitterly disappointed to lose an undiscovered star, and there were accusations of tampering by North Carolina State. But sometimes you have to deal with rejection. The offshoot of not releasing him from his letter was that Graham could notRead More »from How former App State commit Devonte Graham upstaged Oklahoma's Buddy Hield