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.
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.
Graham first arrived at Maryland in December 2020 while choosing to forego his senior year of high school. As a 17-year-old in his first season, he logged 35 minutes in eight appearances. He never cracked the rotation in either of the two seasons he appeared in and entered the portal.
Graham becomes the sixth Division I player to announce their transfer to Missouri State this offseason. He joins Kendle Moore (Colorado State), Dalen Ridgnal (Georgia), Matthew Lee (Saint Peter’s) and Alston Mason (Oklahoma).
Juco commit Jonathan Mogbo is also set to join the Bears with freshmen NJ Benson, Jonathan Dunn and Damien Mayo. The Bears currently have 11 newcomers set to join the team as the roster is currently one over on scholarships meaning one will need to depart.
Graham is the second former Top 100 player to commit to the Bears this offseason. Arkansas transfer Chance Moore was a four-star and the 97th ranked player in the Class of 2021 and didn’t project to have much of a role for the Razorbacks coming off an Elite Eight appearance before entering the portal after a year.
Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at email@example.com or Twitter at WyattWheeler_NL. He’s also the co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 pm