Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham to return to school

Purdue v Kansas

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: Devonte’ Graham #4 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts in the second half against the Purdue Boilermakers during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Getty Images

Kansas got some good news on Sunday night when Devonte’ Graham announced that he was returning to school for his senior season:

This is huge news for the Jayhawks, as Graham is a potential first round pick right now. But unlike most potential first round picks, it makes sense for his to return to school. The last three years, he’s played alongside Frank Mason III in the Jayhawk back court, meaning that he has played off-the-ball.

As good as Graham was in that role -- he’s turned into a knock-down three-point shooter and a defensive stopper -- he’s a natural point guard. He’ll be able to play that role next season alongside Malik Newman, and if he proves that he can be a true point guard at the college level, it should help him be a higher pick in a lesser 2018 draft.