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Torian Graham is back in the picture

2012 shooting guard Torian Graham is back on Kentucky’s radar as the UK staff looks to fill one more spot out on the perimeter for next season. Graham, who decommitted from NC State in December, called Kentucky his favorite last spring and said he talks to the staff pretty frequently. He even worked out for Coach Antigua this afternoon.

Scout.com ranks him as the 13th best shooting guard in the class.

Sign him up.

Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

64 Comments for Torian Graham is back in the picture



  1. TrueBlue
    7:27 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    First



  2. Walter Sobchak
    7:27 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    nice…i was hoping Cal would go after another guard



  3. Big Blue
    7:30 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    I’d love having this guy! Doesn’t hurt to have a few long term players like Wiltjer in the arsenal



  4. Mike
    7:30 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome, a player who may stay for a few years.



  5. wwwiscal'spimp
    7:31 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Graham makes bledsoe look smart. Not surprised he wants to go to uk. Bledsoe cannot read or write and cal got him eligible. Evan Daniels even said he is going to have to go the juco route. I am sure wes will have someone take his sat for him.



  6. Han
    7:33 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Get him and Bennett and our top 7-8 will be wicked.



  7. Han
    7:34 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    5) We can’t all be masters of capitalization like you, chief.



  8. Gregers
    7:38 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    This kid couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him the C and the A.



  9. lol
    7:39 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Four year player, or he’ll pull a Poole. Will provide some much-needed depth for this season but will get buried when the next mega-wave of talent hits in 2013. Would still like to have him with out guards as thin as it is.



  10. DEVASTATION INC
    7:41 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    You know what they say about the only show in town!



  11. no thanks
    7:45 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    No thanks. This kid is not too bright and speaks poorly. We do not need more marble mouthed players on our team.



  12. Eloy Centaurgas
    7:46 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    No way he qualifies. He’s going to JUCO for sure.



  13. Han
    7:47 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Man alive, the arrogant prick fake fans are really trying to give us a bad image on this one. Who else is recruiting him? All 4 of their fans are here (or one guy changing his name).

    Graham, ignore this crap, focus on finishing school, and talk to Cal and Coach O.



  14. Mudcreekmark
    7:56 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Guys, he is the 13th best shooting guard, not the 13th best player. Once you get past the top 5 at their position, you usually don’t get a Coach Cal caliber player. Don’t just sign players to be signing them, that was Tubbys problem. I don’t mind taking a 6’9 to 7’0 that is marginal but not a shooting guard.They are a dime a dozen.I would rather bite the bullet this year and save the schollys for 2013 class.



  15. cracka
    7:57 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    graham said he has a 3.6 gpa this semester and is taking the act before the end of april



  16. GO CATS !!!
    8:01 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Wow! Just saw his mix tape! KID CAN PLAY!!!!



  17. UK #9
    8:03 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Torian is smart enough to know what a troll is, so dont worry about what the cardinal fans say on here. Just remember, TROLLS, you cant stop us, you can only hope to annoy us.



  18. Tennesse Wildcat
    8:05 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Well guys, we need a guard pretty bad that can back up Harrow and Goodwin. Someone who could at least bring the ball up court and be an outside threat. There will likely be a few games next year when Harrow and/or Goodwin will get in foul trouble, and we need someone who could give us 5-10 quality minutes, if possible, besides Hood. If we can get either Graham eligible or Humphrey will transfer to the Cats, we should be in good shape.



  19. lol
    8:06 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    14 – If we sign all five stars in every class, we’ll never have a Darius Miller or DeAndre Liggins again. Wiltjer is a four year player from the ’11 class and Derek Willis is probably another in ’13, so I don’t see what’s wrong with taking on a project like that in this class in hopes that he stays for more than two years (no one knows with Cauley; he’s certainly got the talent to be a first rounder before his senior year). We’ll never have scholarship concerns with Cal’s current methods.



  20. me
    8:07 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Go watch his mixtapes – he looks a lot better than 13th best at his position. If he’s able to get into college we should snatch him up..



  21. Dumb fans
    8:11 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    For all you fans that think this kid isn’t good enough, go check out his highlight reals before you make dumb, ignorant comments.



  22. cracka
    8:15 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    save the schollys? we get 13 a year, i don’t think we’re in trouble of getting to that … the guy is a 4* guard, ranked right ahead of jp tokoto who looked pretty good in the jordan game … liggins and miller were 4* guys

    scout has him 74, might not ball out as a freshman, but stick around, last 4 years … kawhi leonard (sd st, 71), ryan boatright (uconn, 77), tyshawn taylor (ku, 83), rotnei clarke (butler, 84), ricardo ratliffe (missouri, 87), jeremy lamb (uconn, 88), derrick williams (arizona, 95)



  23. KYStout
    8:16 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    It’s a damn shame KSR still won’t moderate the comments section.

    Why make this a forum for rival fans to spew hatred toward KY players and recruits?



  24. Mudcreekmark
    8:20 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    I just don’t like “project” 6’4″ players. That is just my personal choice.When our new players scrimage next year, right now they have to go against Jon Hood, Polson, Long, Malone,Beckham,Malone.



  25. true fan
    8:21 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    i have seen plenty of our fans at our ball games that look and talk like they have never seen the inside if a school much less college.



  26. kywildcat
    8:21 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    23 Its all about the ad revenue, they could care less



  27. wwwiscal'spimp
    8:23 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    It took me 3 days to come up with my first post. Now, who is the dumb one, I ask you? I fancy myself as a wit but I am alone in that observation. My team is so pathetic I can only throw unfounded barbs at good ones….Back to my hole I go.



  28. Mudcreekmark
    8:23 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Karl Malone is the other Malone.lol



  29. cracka
    8:25 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    there’s a difference between torian graham and jarrod polson and brian long and sam malone … and sam malone (as you put it) … polson, long, malone and malone weren’t even given stars



  30. Ryan Main
    8:31 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Some of you are idiots bring him on. There has been plenty of lower ranked players turn out good anybody ever heard of Stephen Curry or better yet Dwayne wade. You can have some 4 year guys.



  31. Mudcreekmark
    8:33 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    29) That is not what I’m saying. We are guard heavy. We will have 5 players on scholarship that are 6’4′ and under and the walk ons are about 5’10”. Who are the incoming players going to compete against everyday in practice if we don’t come up with some big bodies? I think this is a legitimate question and concern. We proved this year that we can win with a 6 or seven man rotation. But in practice, the starting five went against Wiltjer, Vargas, and Miller and the only big body in the fold now would be Cauley-Stein to fill that void in practice.



  32. mwgocats
    8:37 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    If he passes and that is a big if, look for him in UK Blue.



  33. cracka
    8:46 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    right now we need bodies, i agree, but i’m not even counting the walk-ons: cauley 6’11, noel 6’10, wiltjer 6’9, poythress 6’8, hood 6’7, beckham 6’5, goodwin 6’4, harrow 6’2 … that’s 8, adding bennett and graham would be perfect and give us a good 10 to practice



  34. Big Blue 66
    8:48 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    14. i like how spoiled you are, a top 100 player is marginal, holy smokes. And dont get me wrong, hes not going to get major minutes and will probably be recruited over, but when will all of us fans just sit back and let Cal decide what and who he needs on ths team. And you know you have to have a full team, you know to practice and just in case someone gets injured. you act like if you sign 5 guys in the top 20, then just quit because anyone past that cant even suit up. I mean we have polson, I think this guy could probably beat him out.



  35. Sam Grissel
    8:49 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Is this the same guy that played point guard for Word of God out of North Carolina when C.J. Leslie played at Lexington Catholic a couple of years ago? If so he has major hops and athleticism…his dunk at Lexington Catholic was sick!!



  36. Big Blue 66
    8:52 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    31. I see your point, but still, when will people just let those decisions fall on Cal and stop trying to out think the person that is the best in the business



  37. shaggy
    8:55 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody hear rumors that Anthony Hickey was looking to transfer from LSU. He’s a former Mr. Kentucky Basketball and plays with heart. He’s not real tall but could add some experienced minutes at the point.



  38. lol
    8:55 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    31 – we are going to add another big body in this cycle. That’s a given. But we can’t hope to be as lucky as we’ve been these last three years with injuries. Have we even had a player miss a lot of time since Cal got here? Enes being ineligible was the only setback we’ve encountered. Imagine Brandon Knight going down in 2010 or Davis this year. While we proved you can with a 6/7 man rotation, you shouldn’t just roll with it out of choice. We didn’t want to be that thin in 2010-2011.



  39. lol
    8:57 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Also, we tried to add Trevor Lacey very late in last year’s cycle. Cal didn’t want only a 7 man rotation last year.



  40. STEVE!
    8:58 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    We will probably see a lot of zones next year. It would be nice to have a shooting “specialist” to come off the bench and shoot the other team out of it. All of our players don’t have to be all-around stars.



  41. gealousy hurts
    8:58 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Loserville fans are on here because they want him, thats why they threw the blank off the team, sorry bullet! They had to free up a scholership,they have been all over this guy for awhile.



  42. Mudcreekmark
    9:04 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    34)”but when will all or us fans just sit back and let Cal decide shat and who he needs on his team.” Then why would we need KSR?lol That is the fun of being a fan and having an outlet like this one. We all get a chance to come on here and discuss Kentucky basketball and have fun with it. I know and hopefully everyone else on here knows that Coach Cal knows 10 times more about what he needs to do and not do better than we do.I trust him 100%.



  43. Shawn
    9:09 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Why? This years class Isnt all that good aftr the top 15-20 players. Save the schollie for next year where Its a good and deep class and all the top guys have UK up near the top of their list. Graham will never see the court after this coming year….IF he even sees It next year.



  44. Greg
    9:14 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Wasnt this kid ranked a good bit higher last year? I wonder why he dipped?



  45. I say
    9:25 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Dang y’all are mean as af, leave the kid alone



  46. hi
    9:30 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Is there any reason why we haven’t given Derrick Gordon a look (transfer from WKU who was MKG’s best friend and teammate)?



  47. I say
    9:33 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    #33 you must not be a student on campus, Harrow is honestly 5’11. 6’0 on a good day. He can straight up ball though. I’m not worried one bit about him being undersized.



  48. bosshogg24
    9:34 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    You dumbo’s leave the recruiting to Cal! Graham was the 24th best player in the country before he started changing schools which cause him to drop! He is a 3 point shooter and that;s what we need! Act like you are educated!



  49. I say
    9:35 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    O and will all you idiots quit doubting Cal and who he recruits? What more does he have to do to prove that he knows exactly what he wants in his players. The kid is a top 150 player in all of America….he’s obviously pretty damn good. Have faith jeez. I hope he ends up at UK. And plus he played at the same high school as John Wall….



  50. I say
    9:40 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    And according to the majority of you and the way yoir dogging this top 75 player, you all wouldn’t have wanted Darius or Deandre to play for UK either



  51. That's Live Action!
    9:43 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    #37, I heard Hickey’s transferring to Western KY. I hope he goes through with that.



  52. Coach Cal
    9:48 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Uk is not for everyone. But, we are willing to look the other way and offer a kid that reads on about a third grade level. Wait until you get to hear his public speaking skills.



  53. RC
    9:52 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    This kid was a very good recruit but he switched high schools several times, so the recruiting specialists dropped him in the rankings. He is athletic, can take it to the rack and is a shooter. I trust Sandy Bell knows what she is doing and will not subject the program to harm.

    Finally, to the trolls: Whether or not this kid comes to UK, you do not have the right to call him stupid and question his intelligence. You don’t know him, his grades, or his situation. It not only reeks of racism, but it shows a complete lack of intelligence and common decency on your part. Nothing can justify it and I bet your boss and parents would be embarrassed. I am not so naive to believe that these comments will have any impact on Torian, but comments about this kids academic prowess should be off limits.



  54. geez
    9:58 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    53) boo hoo. You can lick his sack if you want. No one is stopping you.



  55. BlueFins
    10:01 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Where are 2-12 best shooting guards of 2012 class?



  56. Tennesse Wildcat
    10:03 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    #’s 37 and 51, that would be a great pick up for Western Kentucky if Hickey does transfer there. They need him more than we do. Western Kentucky has a good coach now and we should see big time improvement there. It would be cool if they could eventually bypass little brother as the second best team in Kentucky.



  57. Mudcreekmark
    10:03 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    43) Exactly my point from my above postings. And to the people who tell all of us to shut up and let Cal take care of the recruiting, this is a discussion board. That is what we are doing. Its not like Coach Cal is going to come on here and say ” you know what, that Mudcreekmark is right, we don’t need to recruit this kid, God I’m glad I got on here and got his opinion” You all are a stick in the mud. Don’t just tell me that Cal knows everything give me your opinion about things that is the fun of a discussion board. Opinions are like assholes, everyones got one and you should share it with your friends.(Did that make me sound gay?)



  58. cracka
    10:05 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    47) i’m not a student, i doubt all the heights listed on our roster, but if you’re gonna compare all of the guys and who they match up to, might as well go with the roster heights because i’m sure they all got a couple of inches on it … i’m 6′ and guys my height all say they’re 6’2 … so whatever … i stood next to joe crawford and he was maybe an inch or two taller than me and was listed as 6’5 i think

    53) is right, word is he dropped a lot in every recruiting service because he switched hs every year i think … to go to college and work out and practice with uk players all the time, i think he could be pretty good, even if he doesn’t play much his first year or two, he could be a major player as a jr



  59. I say
    10:13 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    #58 yeah he’s been playing in the Johnson Center a lot lately, I know it’s not saying much but he plays like a man amongst boys in there. He does anything he wants at will



  60. emmert'sgay
    11:27 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    I strongly agree with number 23.. Matt Jones love ya man but please assert yourself on this one- Your success is largely due to your fan first dynamic, so keeping with that proven success think as a true fan would and realize that you run a site that all recruits read, especially the comments sections. If you can’t keep up with all the moron rival fans posing and posting as though they were in the BBN family to intentionally hurt our image with future recruits who are trying to get a feel for each fanbase then that’s understandable.. I would never criticize anybody for their leadership in a field in which I don’t fully understand the logistics that would go into such things as moderating a forum, and compensating that individual to do so.. However, as a true fan of the big blue my conscious would keep me awake at night, knowing that something- a website that I created, is doing even an iota of damage to the courtship of future recruits. Cal is obviously more influential than all those petty attempts, but he won’t be here forever, and these imposters that parade negativity around have more of an affect than you might think on current/future players and even our beloved CAL. The most important thing of all is that it settles into the subconscious of these 17 year old kids that are absolute heroes to all of the overwhelming majority that is the BBN. It doesn’t matter when you land the player anyway and then they go 38-2 and win a title, but it matters a whole lot when there are any individual struggles at any point in the season- and indeed makes it tougher on our own team’s psyche when playing through a mini-slump. Do you remember how upset Wall, Pat Pat, and Big Cuz were following their first loss as a team? They got a taste of the 0.1 percent of our fanbase that miraculously learned how to use a computer and talk ignorance wherever they had a safe haven to do so. Don’t allow laziness, or maybe the opposite which spreads yourself too thin, to allow for this scenario. It was uncommonly frustrating to hear that young team sound hurt by the fans reaction for their first loss, in a season where I believe they were the last team to drop one. Especially when I loved those guys and they didn’t realize that the most extreme sentiments at the time were from outsiders acting like UK fans to hurt their feelings or just to bolster our glowingly unattractive reputation as KY fans when it comes to wins and losses. It is a misrepresentation that is only encouraged when we allow the most minute sect of BBN to speak the loudest. It still doesn’t compare to the pure disdain I feel when an Indiana or Louisville fan can successfully plant a seed of negativity in a kid’s mind about UK here on this site. I have a simple solution to keep this from happening, as well as keeping this site spreading by word of mouth for many years to come- because intelligent and serious fans of blue notice and appreciate such things: At the top of the home page and at the top of each comments section (and in big bold letters) write a disclaimer. Just make people aware that many of the comments, and typically the most extreme, offensive, or ignorant ones are not the views of the majority of BBN. They are in fact most likely the result of a Kansas, UNC, Duke, Indiana, or Louisville fan that is running out of strategies in slowing down the BIG BLUE’S rise to utter dominance! Matt Jones, kind sir, fine gentleman- please consider the admiration such an act would garner among your supporters, as raising awareness of these crucial truths becomes tiring when moderators allow rival fans to run rampant in the comments sections like wolves in sheep clothes.



  61. BingleJells
    9:25 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    I say bring back Alex Legion instead. And, his mother.



  62. BigBear
    9:31 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, there are a lot of negative posts about this kid. I don”t know all the facts about this kid. However, I read that his mom died in the past year and he switched schools in the past year. Give the kid a break and trust in Coach Cal.



  63. Head Bussa
    10:28 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    Mudcreekmark — You think we are guard heavy? Are you freakin’ serious? We certainly need another guard/wing that can give us valuable minutes on the floor. If this kid can qualify he is certainly good enough to play at UK. You guys are extremely stupid who act like we don’t need such a player. You obviously know very little about basketball. You can say that you know the game, but it doesn’t mean that you do. Idiots.



  64. Tom Blevins
    1:07 pm April 19, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll put in my 2 cents worth on Torian Graham. I’d like to make 3 points.
    1. Can he become elgible? We’ll see, but it’s my understanding that he hasn’t taken his ACT yet, and Kentucky hasn’t offered him yet. They’re looking at him, but I looked at a lot of pretty girls that I didn’t ask to marry me. He has a 3.6 GPA. He might not be Harvard material, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that he can qualify to play for us next year.
    2. Is he good enough to play for us? He’s rated anyqwhere from 57th to 90th by the 5 major recruiting services. That’s a bit lower than anyone else that Coach Calipari has recruited, but Coach Calipari probably pays less attentin to the recruiting services than the average fan does. Any good coach will evaluate talent for himself and rely on his own judgement more than any recruiting service. One other thing to consider if you do rely on the recruiting serices. Torian Graham is the best guard still available this year. It’s a weak year for guards. Most of the high major guards in the class of 2012 are already signed. There are also some who feel that he is underrated. Everyone who has seen him says he can really shoot. Next season, more than at any time in the history of our program since Coach Rupp’s final season, we need more bodies. Right now we have 11 players on board for next season, and three of them came here as walkons. I know Coach Calipari plays with a short bench, but I don’t believe he wants it quite that short.
    3. It’s not our decision who Coach Calipari recruits. It’s his. he has a really good track record at recruiting. I trust his judgement. Now I know that every time Kentucky loses, you feel the pain. I do too! I understand. Buit if the unthinkable happens and Kentucky should suffer through a losing season, your boss isn’t going to call you in at the end of the season and say, “I’m sorry but Kentucky had too poor a record this year. You’re fired.” On the other hand, Coach Calipari’s boss just might. (To be realistic, this year’s national championship would probably buy him at least one more year, but he would be told in no uncertain terms to get his act together QUICK!) So let it be the caoch’s decision who he recruits. More than us, he will live or die by such decisions.