In the second part of my “Senior Sleeper” series, I take a look at VCU guard/forward Treveon Graham and his 2015 NBA Draft prospects. Graham comes from a mid-major school but has high-major talent. At 6-6 with a 6-10 wingspan, Graham has the ability to play either wing position at the next level. More smooth than explosive, Graham will need to add some weight (weighed in at 217 at the Portsmouth Invitational) to handle the rigors of the NBA season.
In 2012-13, after Bradford Burgess graduated, Graham broke out as a sophomore at VCU while teaming up with Juvonte Reddic. He put up over 15 points per game on the year while shooting 45 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from three. He increased his scoring over the next two years while his efficiency from the field slightly decreased (according to hoop-math.com) while adjusting to becoming the main scoring option.
Graham had his best three-point shooting season in his senior year, which is promising for his NBA potential. He has NBA range already and a high release on his jump shot. He shot better as an off-the-dribble threat as a senior, shooting 43 percent on two-point jump shots. This was after shooting 37.7 percent as a junior from two-point range, a drop from his freshman campaign of 43.3 percent, according to hoop-math.com.
However, Graham isn’t only a shooter; VCU often posted him up where he could use his sheer size to overwhelm opponents on the low block. Graham attacked the hoop at VCU, getting to the free throw line over five times per game in both his junior and senior seasons. He uses a crafty handle and has enough quickness to get by opponents off-balanced and get to the rim.
Graham has been a clutch performer for VCU over the past couple of years, hitting game-winners against Virginia and St. Louis during his career. However, he’s not the best athlete, lacking the quick first step of a starting shooting guard. On defense, playing in VCU’s hyperactive man defense will help him translate to the NBA. Graham’s lack of quickness does hurt him on the defensive end, but his length helps him make up for that somewhat. It wouldn’t hurt for him to add some weight to help him fight through contact and guard more physical wings at the next level.
When looking at Graham’s NBA potential, he could potentially develop into a good enough defender on the wing to be a 3-and-D player a la Dahntay Jones. His lack of quickness, elite athleticism and lack of handle are the main reasons many see Graham falling to the second round in the upcoming draft.
But with his shooting ability as a senior returning to the level he played at as a sophomore, Graham could play quality minutes off the bench backing up either wing position immediately. Down the line, developing as a starting level wing isn’t out of the question for Graham. That’s why he should get picked between picks 40-60 in the 2015 NBA Draft.