Maryland basketball transfer to join Missouri State

James Graham III, a former highly-touted four-star prospect and transfer from Maryland, has committed to Missouri State men’s basketball for the upcoming season.

Yes, you’re reading this correctly – Missouri State men’s basketball has landed another commitment from a transfer.

Graham made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday after a freshman season at Maryland. He entered the portal in December and the 6-foot-8, 205-pound prospect played in nine total games in his career averaging 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

Graham was ranked as the No. 78 overall prospect by 247Sports in the 2020 class when he committed to the Terrapins over Auburn, Memphis and Wisconsin.

Indiana Hoosiers forward Race Thompson (25) grabs a rebound against Maryland Terrapins guard James Graham III (1) during the game against Maryland at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., On Monday, Jan.  4, 2021.

Graham told 247Sports in March that he had heard from schools including Iowa State, Butler, Cal Baptist, Tennessee State and “a lot more.”

Graham told the News-Leader he expects to have four seasons of eligibility after making one appearance in 2021-22. Since he played in 2020-21, he will have an additional year of eligibility.

Evaluated by Jerry Meyer, 247Sports’ Director of Basketball Scouting, in Aug. 2020, he was projected as a future second-round NBA Draft pick. Meyer praised his length for his skill set as a smooth athlete with a dangerous shooting stroke. He’s someone who can pull up for jumpers from deep.

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