July 11, 2011

Torian Graham talks CP3 title, return

Although he was far from fully healthy, NC State commitment Torian Graham took part in the CP3 All-Stars Invitational this past weekend. The CP3 All-Stars won the championship in all three age groups and were propelled on its title run in the oldest division thanks to a strong contingent led by NC State target Rodney Purvis, who is ranked as the No. 9 overall player in his class, and Graham.

Graham and his CP3 teammates were bested by All-Ohio Purple on Saturday evening, 93-71, in pool play. However, Purvis, fresh off the LeBron James Skills Academy, joined his team for play on Sunday and helped the CP3 All-Stars go undefeated on the day, getting revenge against their Northern competitors and taking home the title in a blowout win.

After hoisting the trophy, Graham took a few minutes to talk with The Wolfpacker. The four-star shooting guard, who is ranked as the No. 27 overall player in his class, talked about his return from two months off due to injury, playing in front of head coach Mark Gottfried for the first time and working with fellow commitment Tyler Lewis to convince his close friend Purvis to attend NC State.

A full transcript of the interview follows:

How did it feel out there, leading your team to the title?

It felt real good. The first night, Satuday night, they beat us and then Sunday we got them back in the championship. It felt good to compete. I'm trying to show a lot of toughness, playing through an injury. It was my first time back playing, I've been out for two months but that's OK, I'm going to come back strong.

Did you feel any rust out there or were you feeling pretty good?

A little bit [it's about] staying focused really, staying in shape, trying to get my rhythm back.

Coach Gottfried has been out on the road, has he gotten to see you play recently?

Yes, sir, he saw me play yesterday. It was real exciting. I love all my coaches, Coach Early, Coach Gottfried. It was real exciting.

What was Coach Gottfried's message?

Just get healthy, get well. It's going to be real big for me if I get healthy.

One of the top players in the country came back and joined you all today in Rodney Purvis, can you talk about what it's like to play with Rodney?

Rodney is my little brother. It's real exciting, we're trying to get him to State and we're going to win championships.

You and Tyler Lewis giving him the double-team for NC State?

Yeah, me and Tyler are working on him. I love Tyler, too. We're going to get it done.

Any message you got for the Wolfpack fans?

I love all my fans and I'm looking forward to 2012. RBC Center, baby!

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