Arizona State picked up a transfer guard as Torian Graham will follow head coach Bobby Hurley from Buffalo. The transfer of Graham was confirmed by a source to NBCSports.com.
The 6-foot-4 Graham has been well-traveled during his college basketball career, even though he’s never appeared in a Division I game. He was committed to N.C. State during high school before ending up at Chipola College in Florida. Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson brought Graham in before the 2014-15 season, but Graham decided to transfer after not playing in the first game of the season, due to personal reasons.
Graham ended up at Buffalo in December and was sitting out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He’ll likely have to sit out the 2015-16 season, as well, unless he gets a waiver from the NCAA. From there, Graham will have one more season of eligibility remaining.
During the 2013-14 season, Graham averaged 12.9 points and shot 41 percent from beyond the arc at Chipola. Formerly a four-star prospect out of high school, Graham was the No. 67 overall recruit in the Class of 2012, according to Rivals.
Hurley now has two transfers coming with him from Buffalo as guard Shannon Evans also came over during the spring. Arizona State also signed Maurice O’Field, a former Buffalo commitment.
Torian Graham committed to his third school on Christmas Eve.
The former N.C. State commit and Houston guard decided to transfer to Buffalo on Wednesday afternoon, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Graham left the Houston program on Nov. 17, days after the Cougars’ 77-74 season-opening win over Murray State.
Graham originally committed to the Wolfpack as four-star shooting guard, the No. 67 overall recruit in the Class of 2012, according to Rivals. The 6-foot-4 Graham opted to attend Chipola Junior College (Florida). During the 2013-14 season, he averaged 12.9 points, shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc.
Small forward Nate Navigato and power forward Nick Perkins have already committed to the Bulls for the Class of 2015.
New Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson relied heavily on junior college transfers to rebuild the Cougar roster this spring when he took over the job. One of those key junior college signees was guard Torian Graham, a former N.C. State signee out of high school who ended up at Chipola College in Florida after not being cleared by the NCAA.
But it appears that Graham will never play a game for Sampson, as the guard has left the program, according to a report from Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle.
Graham did not play in Houston’s season opener against Murray State and is opting to leave the program for personal reasons.
“Though disappointed with his decision, I enjoyed working with Torian and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Sampson said to Duarte.
The 6-foot-4 Graham averaged 12.4 points per game at Chipola last season and was a highly-regarded prospect out of high school. Rivals regarded Graham as a four-star prospect out of high school and he was rated as the No. 67 overall player in the 2012 class.
Graham is a native of Durham, NC and could opt to play closer to home. Although Houston could have used Graham’s athleticism and scoring punch in its back court this season, it’s probably best to allow him to leave if he doesn’t want to be there before the season truly gets rolling.