May 3, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - New Washington State University men's basketball coach Paul Graham didn't have to look far for his first high school recruit. Nick Graham, Paul's son, has signed a national letter of intent with the Cougars, the coach announced Monday from the Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball meetings in Phoenix.
Nick, 6-0, 170-lbs., was Stillwater High School's leading scorer for the 1998-99 season, averaging 13.8 points per game. The starting point guard also averaged 3.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game, leading the Pioneers to within one win of a berth to the Oklahoma state playoffs.
"Nick really handles the ball well and his dribbling skills are excellent," said Stillwater head coach Steve Hesser. "He's also very good about moving without the ball. He understands the game very well."
The Stillwater captain and four-year letterwinner was named all-conference and team most valuable player. Last season, he shot 49 percent from the field, 42 percent from beyond the three-point line and 74 percent at the free throw line as the Pioneers finished 13-13.
"Nick's best basketball is still ahead of him," Hesser said. "He's somewhat of a late bloomer and probably needs to get a little bigger to compete at that level. But Nick's not done growing yet."
Paul and Nick Graham will become the third set of father and son families in Cougar basketball history. Fred Bohler, WSU's head man from 1909-26, coached his son Ray in 1914-15 and 1917. More than 50 years later, Marv Harshman, who guided WSU from 1959-71, coached his son David in 1968-70.
Nick is the fifth member of WSU's 1999-2000 recruiting class and the second to sign during the late signing period, which ends May 15. Last week, the Cougars announced the signing of forward Tyrone Evans from Garden City Community College. During the fall period, WSU signed three high school seniors -- guard David Adams from Tacoma's Lincoln High School, forward Bryan Whitehead from Mount Vernon and point guard Marquis Poole from Centennial High School in Compton, Calif.
With the signing of Graham, WSU currently has three seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and five freshmen on the 1999-2000 roster.
WSU has one remaining scholarship available for the 1999-2000 season.