One-On-One With Rutgers' Recruit Tyree Graham
First off, I'd like to thank Tyree Graham for taking his time and patience to do this interview with me. This was definitely one of the most challenging interviews I've had as far as time goes. However, it turned out great!
Tyree Graham is a 6'2", 190 pound guard who graduated from Village Christian Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina back in 2008. With a stellar senior season, Graham signed on with Texas Tech to begin his college career. As a true freshman, Graham played in 13 games under Pat Knight before withdrawing from school because of undisclosed family reasons. He then went on to play for a local community college in the Supply, North Carolina area last season where he averaged 17 points, six assists, and five rebounds.
Tyree brings a new aspect to my interviews as he has witnessed play on the high school level, community college, and the Division-1 game. Let's see how he faired in those respective places.
Garrett Tucker: At what point did you realize you could play college basketball?
Tyree Graham: It was my freshman year of high school. Everyone wanted to go on to play college basketball and playing D-1 (Division-1) was a goal.
Tucker: What school(s) first contacted you about playing for them? What was your impression?
Graham: Illinois and NC State. I thought they were both very nice schools.
Tucker: Who would you compare yourself to in the NBA?
Graham: Ben Gordon. We're both 6'2" and athletic and can shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor.
Tucker: What did you like about Rutgers?
Graham: I thought that was the best situation going there. There was good coaches all around.
Tucker: What do you think will be the biggest difference between Texas Tech and Rutgers?
Graham: I don't think it will be that big of a difference; two great schools in two great conferences. I'll just have to get used to playing with them (Rutgers) and they will have to get used to playing with me.
Tucker: How much do you think community college helped you, or if it even hurt you?
Graham: Oh, it definitely didn't hurt me. I learned a lot and got to play a lot more. It got me ready to play college basketball next season.
Tucker: What are you goals for the rest of your basketball career?
Graham: Just to play professionally and be the best I can be.
Tucker: Are there any players you communicate regularly with, whether it be from Rutgers, other college players, or NBA players?
Graham: There's a ton. Here's a short list: Raymond Felton, John Wall, Noaln Smith, Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, and Ty Lawson.
Thanks Tyree! Great interview!
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