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Broughton’s Graham chooses Kansas over N.C. State

Kansas has a need and Devonte’ Graham plans to fill it.

The former Broughton point guard signed with the Jayhawks on Friday after his stock rose considerably during a successful prep season at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

“I think Devonte’ will be an immediate impact guy for us,” Kansas coach Bill Self said in a statement released by the school.

Graham picked Kansas over N.C. State. The Jayhawks lost starting point guard Naadir Tharpe on Thursday, when the junior decided to transfer. With Tharpe out, there was an opening for Graham.

It has been an eventful 15 months for Graham. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard from Raleigh led Broughton to the 4-A state title game in 2013.

He originally committed to Appalachian State but wanted his release after a breakout senior season. Former ASU coach Jason Capel denied Graham the release so he enrolled at Brewster. He averaged 17.2 points and 5.0 assists for Brewster, which won a national prep championship this past season.

He was ranked the No. 36 prospect in the class of 2014 by Rivals.

N.C. State’s point guard situation was more defined than Kansas’ with the return of sophomore Cat Barber. Alabama transfer Trevor Lacey is also expected to handle the ball for Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried next season.

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