The Miami Hurricanes were serious about Jimmy Graham before the Reebok ABCD Camp and even more serious afterwards. On Monday, the Canes dispatched head coach Frank Haith to North Carolina to see Graham. Later that day, Graham committed.
Graham, a 6-foot-7 reclassified member of the Class of 2006, averaged 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks at Community Christian in Wilson, N.C., last year. This year he’ll attend Charis Prep in Goldsboro.
Last week, sporting an old school afro, Graham did his best Ben Wallace impersonation. He blocked shots, crashed the glass and put in work as he answered any questions about his game by making the all-star game at ABCD and even scoring a hoop over Derrick Caracter in the process.
Miami laid the foundation for Graham’s recruitment months ago when it hired Tim Fuller.
“Coach Haith certainly sealed the deal,” Charis Prep coach Carlos Peralta said. “It started with Tim Fuller when he recruited Jimmy heavily when he was at Elon. When he went to Miami he continued pursuing him and Coach Haith has been down a couple of times and everything is there according to what Jimmy is looking for.”
A few weeks ago, Graham made an unofficial visit to Coral Gables. The visit, combined with the way Miami recruited Graham, had him thinking commitment. When Haith watched Graham the day after ABCD Camp ended, it probably sent a message to the junior as to how much the staff wanted him to be a Hurricane.
“[Haith’s visit] was nice but I really think that in Jimmy’s mind everything was pretty well decided before yesterday. He wanted to take some time and make sure that he didn’t make a decision based on emotion after that unofficial visit. He wanted to calm down off of that and make sure that he thought it through and make sure he prayed about it.”
The commitment is Miami’s first from a junior. It also sends a message to Miami basketball aficionados that their new head coach is serious about recruiting. Graham was thought to be one of the high risers coming out of ABCD Camp and is it turns out he was on the market less than 24 hours after his coming party in Teaneck, N.J.