Devonte' Graham, #4
- Year Junior
- Pos Guard
- H/W 6-2/185
|High game points||26|
|Per-game breakdown||Total||Per game|
|Minutes per game||35.3|
|Points per game||13.4|
Devonté Graham was spotted tossing a football with a grade-school Kansas fan before the Jayhawks’ April 9 spring game outside Memorial Stadium. A few hours later, he could be seen lobbing a baseball with another wide-eyed youngster before a KU-TCU contest at Hoglund Ballpark.
“I think I’m maybe too friendly, as my teammates would say. I’ll speak to everybody,” Graham said. “I just try to have fun with people … anybody. You could say I’m one of the biggest kids on the team.”
Graham, who values his interactions with KU students, alums and kids alike, is merely fulfilling a prediction that Jayhawks coach Bill Self made when he was recruiting the 6-foot-2 playmaker point guard from Raleigh, N.C., several years ago.
“When he visited, I told him, ‘You’ll own this place if you come in and just try hard and act right,’” Self said. “(It’s) because I love his personality as much as any kid we’ve ever had. And I think that’s accurate.
“He’s played so well for us, but his mindset and attitude … he’s one of those guys that actually looks forward to getting up and going to class and just being a kid. I mean, it’s not one of these things, ‘Oh, we’ve got to do this again.’ It’s one of these things: ‘We get to do this again.’
“I would think everybody would want to have what Devonté has. He enjoys life. His attitude is just a ‘10,’ and I think it’s rubbed off on others.”