Merry Christmas, hoops fans.
Buffalo has landed Houston transfer Torian Graham, source told ESPN. Good pickup for Bobby Hurley.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) December 24, 2014
This will be quick, but Bobby Hurley has apparently replaced transfer Jamir Hanner - dismissed from the team days before the season started - with another transfer body in Torian Graham of Houston. Graham is a 6'4" shooting guard who could in theory fill a similar role to Josh Freelove in 2013-14.
Graham started this school year with the Cougars, but has bounced around a bit in his college career. He was the first recruit to sign with Kelvin Sampson in Texas, but never actually made the court for Houston, having just before this season transferred from Chipola Junior College in Florida after two seasons there.
News broke in mid-November that Graham was leaving Texas "for personal reasons."
In high school. Graham was a 5-star recruit ranked as high as #38 in the ESPN Top 100 (67 by Rivals) and originally committed (and decommitted - twice) to NC State near his hometown of Durham, but enrolled at Chipola after the NCAA investigated his eligibility and drew out the clearance process. With the Indians he earned playing time as a freshman and averaged 12.9 points per game as a sophomore.
I'm sure we're hear more, but it looks like UB has reeled in a player with elite skills who could benefit from the right fit after a number of stops since high school.
UPDATE: I am a doofus. UB Assistant Coach Levi Watkins was on staff at NC State when Graham committed to the Wolfpack. That is a piece of pertinent info that you should know.