Graves Preparing for UNC

Graves Preparing for UNC

William Graves' final high school season was most certainly a season of success. The 6-6, 245-pound wingman averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds per game and led Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley to its second consecutive state championship.

To go along with his state title, he was MVP of the championship, was named North Carolina AP Player of the Year and was the state's Mr. Basketball. Of the five other UNC signees only Brandan Wright, who won four straight titles, had more success than Graves in high school.

"I though I did pretty well," Graves said. "I was grateful to win the state championship again, back to back. I thought I played pretty well."

"He had a great season," Dudley Coach Dave Price said. "He had a real good season. He was the player of the year in the conference; he was the player of the year in the county, all area player of the year."

For a guy his size, Graves is an impressive shooter – he shot 41-percent from the three-point line and 53-percent overall from the field. However, it's hard to project what position he'll play at the next level.

"He's 6-6, 240 or 245 and very highly skilled, they're just going to take him for what he's worth," Price said. "He could play wing, but I don't know where they are going play them."

Graves isn't sure what position he'll be playing either.

"I see myself fitting in wherever Coach Williams wants me to play. I'm ready to play wherever he wants me to play."

Currently Graves is working out hard in hopes of competing for significant playing time as a freshman. He's been running, lifting and putting up a ton of shots everyday so he's prepared for Roy Williams' tough practices.

Graves will arrive on campus next weekend and said he can't wait to hit the hardwood in Chapel Hill.

"It was my gut feeling it just felt like home," he said. "I've always been a Carolina fan and it's going to feel like home."

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