Prized recruit decommits from N.C. State

Staff WriterAugust 9, 2011 

Top 25 basketball prospect Torian Graham has re-opened his college recruiting options.

Graham, a 6-foot-4 guard from Durham, committed to N.C. State in May but said Monday that he has decided to back off his original decision.

"Nothing bad happened at State," said Graham, who's ranked the No. 24 prospect in the country by ESPN. "I felt like I made my decision too fast and didn't give other colleges a chance to recruit me."

Graham called Kentucky his "favorite" but said he has not received an offer from the Wildcats, who went to the Final Four last season and will be one of the national title favorites - with North Carolina - this upcoming season.

Kentucky does not have any commitments for the class of 2012 but did add former N.C. State guard Ryan Harrow as a transfer.

Graham said he's also interested in UNC and Duke but has not received offers from either Triangle school.

Graham said he does have an offer from UCLA and that N.C. State remains on his list of options.

"I'm basically open to everyone," Graham said.

Before he decided on a college, though, Graham had another choice to make. A shooting guard, Graham began his high school career at Durham Hillside and transferred to Raleigh's Word of God, where he averaged about 19 points a game last season. He has left the private school and will enroll at Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla., according to ESPN's Dave Telep.

N.C. State sophomore forward C.J. Leslie went through a similar process during his recruiting period. Leslie, who also played at Word of God, committed to N.C. State and then re-opened the process before signing with the Wolfpack in May 2010.

Graham said he will take his time with his college choice. He said he will not make a decision before the October signing period.

"I'm going to wait for the spring," he said.

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