Point guard Devonte Graham to visit KU on Friday

04/14/2014 9:47 PM

04/14/2014 9:47 PM

In its ongoing search for additional options in the backcourt, Kansas will play host this weekend to Devonte Graham, one of the top available point guards in the 2014 class.

Graham, a 6-foot-2 guard from Brewster Academy, will take an official visit to KU starting on Friday, his prep school coach, Jason Smith, announced on Twitter on Sunday.

Graham, who is unranked in the 2014 recruiting class, will also visit North Carolina State next Monday and Tuesday. According to Smith, he is also considering Virginia, Providence, Virginia Tech and Xavier.

Kansas coach Bill Self visited Graham on Friday. Graham originally committed to Appalachian State out of Broughton High in North Carolina. But he opted to attend prep school at Brewster in New Hampshire this past year. Previous Appalachian State coach Jason Capel would not release Graham from his letter of intent — ESPN.com reported last fall that Capel believed N.C. State was tampering with Graham — but Capel was fired in early March.

New Appalachian State coach Jim Fox released Graham from his letter of intent last week, and Graham immediately became one of the most sought-after high school players in the country. He had different degrees of interest from a list of schools that included KU, Boston College, Cincinnati, Creighton, Florida, Florida State, George Mason, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Nebraska, Providence, South Florida, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Xavier.

Brewster is the same prep school that produced former Kansas All-American Thomas Robinson and current point guard Naadir Tharpe.

The Jayhawks, of course, are certainly in the market for help in the backcourt. KU will return Tharpe, a senior, and sophomores Frank Mason and Conner Frankamp, two players capable of running the point. But after Tharpe started strong during Big 12 play, he struggled down the stretch and the Jayhawks were plagued by point guard issues for most of March.

Here are highlights of Graham: