With the football season now behind him, Zach Graham is shifting his attention to the hardwood. After putting in 38 points on Saturday in a big win, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound wing from Peachtree Ridge High School in Duluth, Ga., doesn't look like he's missed a beat.
Graham, the No. 63 ranked player in the class of 2007, spent the fall looking through a facemask, checking off the defense and shining as a dual-threat quarterback. Now that he's wearing the sneakers instead of cleats, Graham wasted little time making sure everyone remembered that he was one of the best prospects in the junior class across the country.
Graham was the catalyst that helped Peachtree Ridge pick a big 81-65 win over Mundy's Mill High School on Saturday. He had a career high 38 points (15-20 FG, 8-11 FT), five rebounds and four assists in the victory.
Under the tutelage of new head coach Gerald Arnold, a veteran to the coaching game, Graham said he's learning more about he game at a daily clip.
"He's a really good coach and really wise. He knows what he's talking about," Graham said. "He tells us a lot of things and you have to sit there and just listen to him because he does know so much about the game."
Graham does a lot of his damage in the open floor and shining in Peachtree Ridge's transition offense. Using his big body and solid handle, Graham does a nice job of going baseline and pulling up from 12 feet for the jumper. His jump shot is still a work in progress, Graham says.
"I'm still working on that. I believe it's there but I have to build my confidence in my shot," Graham said. "I know I need to work on that and it's just a matter of shooting it more in games and in practice."
On the recruiting front, Graham said coaches are coming in to see him quite a bit this season.
"It's going well. It's getting really crazy. A lot of ACC and SEC schools are looking and offers are coming in basically everyday," Graham said.
Graham said he is holding offers from Virginia Tech, Alabama, Georgia, Tulane and Tennessee. Georgia and Virginia have been to games this season, Graham said while Virginia Tech, Alabama, Notre Dame and Tennessee all stopped by Peachtree Ridge. Graham said Virginia Tech head man Seth Greenburg is stopping by next week for a practice. Graham said no one has claimed a top spot on his list early in his career.
Mix Graham's size, athleticism and 4.64 40 time and it's easy to see why a lot of football coaches are eye-balling the dual-sport star for his football skills. Graham's father even had a cup of coffee in the NFL as well.
"People tend to ask me that a lot but I'm going to keep on playing both and then figure out which one is best for me and which one I like the best," Graham said.
After 38 points on Saturday, there are a lot of high-majors that are hoping that hoops is his favorite for the time being.