Maryland men’s basketball has officially added a significant part of it’s 2021 recruiting class, as four-star small forward James Graham signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday.
“I just wanted to confirm that this was the place for me,” Graham told Testudo Times. “I didn’t want to have to think about the process or de-commitments or any of that.”
Maryland assistant coach Bino Ranson led the charge in recruiting Graham, offering him in May, which created a firestorm of a recruitment to follow. Graham had over 20 offers to choose from, selecting the Terps from a top-nine that included Auburn, Michigan State, Memphis, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin, among others.
“I’m confident about what my role will be,” Graham said. “ I’m going to be a scorer. I think that’s why they recruited me, to be able to score the ball and generate mismatches on the floor.”
Standing at 6’8, 205 pounds, Graham presents a unique challenge for opposing players. He’s a very good shooter that can face-up or back down his man, and he’s also able to play anywhere on the floor, particularly the two, three and four spots.
Two Maryland players that have connected with Graham include freshmen Aquan Smart and Marcus Dockery. With the pair of guards and Graham having a friendship off the court, he will lean on them once he’s in College Park.
“Since I talk with them a lot, they’ll be good for me to have,” Graham said. “With them going through everything and getting acclimated now, they’ll help me get through the first-year jitters.”
Continuing to look ahead to his freshman season, Graham noted Eric Ayala and Chol Marial as guys he looks forward to playing with and players that can help take the pressure off of him with their experience.
With signing his letter of intent out of the way, Graham’s next step will be moving to College Park. He says that he is unsure if he will arrive in May or potentially sooner.