Xavier has made it a good habit of locking down the top prospects from Cincinnati over the last couple of years. Josh Duncan, Johnny Wolf and now Adrion Graves. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard from Hughes High School made his commitment to the Atlantic 10 school on Friday.
Graves, a talented three-star prospect, eyeballed a number of other schools but in the end, the proximity to home was too hard to turn down mixed with his relationship with Xavier head coach Sean Miller.
"We got real close," Graves said of he and Miller. "He's been to a lot of my workouts at Hughes and he invites me out to their practices. We talk all the time."
Graves, who picked XU over interest from Pitt, Seton Hall and Tennessee, said he's looking forward to playing in front of his friends and family at the college level as a freshman.
"I know I have to come in there and work hard for that starting position but I don't think that will be a problem," Graves said.
He joins Philadelphia big man Jason Love and JUCO forward Charles Bronson, who also verbally committed to the Atlantic 10 school over the weekend. He will have three years of eligibility after a year at Panola Junior College in Texas.