Devonte Graham tells his story
Posted June 1, 2014
Updated June 2, 2014
There have been many columns, stories and blogposts written about Broughton High School graduate Devonte Graham over the last year, but now Graham is speaking out for himself.
Graham verbally committed to Appalachian State in September 2012, a few months before the start of Graham's senior basketball season with the Capitals. He signed with the Mountaineers during the early signing period in November.
The National Letter of Intent should have ended Graham's recruitment, but as his high school career ended with an incredible senior season, climaxing with a trip to the 4-A state championship, Graham decided Appalachian State might not be for him. He asked for a release from his letter of intent.
Appalachian State wasn't excited about Graham's request.
"[Appalachian State's reaction] wasn't a good one. It was like 'Why?' and things like that. Then we ended up not talking for a while," Graham told HighSchoolOT.com's Nick Stevens in a one-on-one interview.
It was the start of a year-long drama between Appalachian State and Graham. The school had no intention of releasing Graham, and he had no intention of attending the school.
Graham eventually enrolled in prep school at Brewster Academy, and his stock continued to rise.
Appalachian State publicly claimed that Graham had been illegally tampered with by other schools, and that all the circumstances surrounding his situation had not been brought to light. The Mountaineers referred the issues to the NCAA.
In his interview with HighSchoolOT.com, Graham reacted to the Appalachian State allegations. He explains why he initially signed with Appalachian State, what his time was like at Broughton High School and Brewster Academy, and what it feels like to now have the whole thing behind him.
Graham begins summer school classes at Kansas this week where he will play college basketball this fall.
Catch the full story tonight on WRAL-TV's 6 p.m. news and the full interview tonight at 6:30 p.m. on HighSchoolOT.com.