Appalachian State releases point guard Devonte Graham

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Schools in need of a point guard just got a big boost.

Appalachian State has released 2014 recruit Devonte Graham from his letter-of-intent, meaning the point guard is free to go anywhere in the fall.

The family doesn't have an official release just yet, so it might be a day or two before Graham can speak to college coaches.

Previously, Graham has consistently had his release requests denied, and he was willing to sit out next season in order to go elsewhere.

The 6-foot-1 point guard immediately becomes the most sought-after guard on the market, as he proved throughout this season at Brewster Academy (N.H.) that he can play with the best of the best.

Creighton head coach Greg McDermott checked Graham out recently, as did assistants from Kansas, Providence and Pittsburgh, sources told Virginia's Tony Bennett, Nebraska's Tim Miles and Providence's Ed Cooley were already scheduled to watch him this week, and Kansas' Bill Self is expected to check him out on Friday.

Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith also gave out a list of schools who have contacted him since the news broke: Boston College, Cincinnati, Creighton, Florida, Florida State, George Mason, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Providence, South Florida, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Xavier.

Graham is absolutely a high-major talent. He is a good athlete with quickness, and he makes plays at both ends of the floor, getting to the rim, running the break, finding teammates. Graham can run the pick-and-roll effectively, and has shown great vision and hands. He also can keep defenses honest with his perimeter jumper. Defensively, he plays passing lanes and forced steals.

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