A lightly recruited high school player who got only one other college offer--from Cleveland State, Treveon Graham has been an ultra-aggressive scorer from the moment he stepped on the floor for VCU. After putting up gaudy per-minute scoring lines as a freshman, he established himself as one of the best overall scorers in the A-10 as a sophomore, while helping his team make the conference championship game.
While VCU's season ended in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 at the hands of eventual finalists Michigan, the team returns a large part of its core from last season and is being projected as a top-15 team in many national polls as the favorites to win Conference USA. Now a junior, Graham will need to take the next step in his development to help Shaka Smart make another deep run in March.
Despite standing somewhere between 6-5 and 6-6, Graham plays the power forward position primarily for VCU. He is a major key in their pressing, up-tempo style of play, as he's capable of being a real mismatch from the perimeter for opposing big men to handle, but is still strong and aggressive enough to handle himself inside capably.
Graham possesses a very strong frame, but is not an overly athletic prospect. He's largely a below the rim player, without great quickness or explosiveness, but makes up for it at the college level with his strength, smarts, savvy and scoring instincts.
Graham is a solid outside shooter, making 37% of his 3-point attempts last season, up from 31% the year before. He is decent with his feet set, prone to bouts of streakiness, but is pretty effective shooting the ball off the bounce, particularly in the mid-range area where he can create separation and just throw the ball in the basket thanks to his advanced scoring instincts.
Graham isn't asked to create his own shot in pure one on one situations very often, as he's not a great ball-handler and does not possess the quickest first step around. VCU instead likes to get him in motion off screens or running downhill in their dribble-drive motion sets, where he can bully his way to the basket using his superior strength and aggressiveness, drawing a large number of fouls in the process.
Graham is not a great finisher inside the paint when forced to deal with length in traffic, due to his average explosiveness and reluctance to use his off hand, which partially explains why he shot under 50% from 2-point range last season. With that said, he's savvy and aggressive enough to know how to use his body to get to the free throw line at the college level, and has a very effective runner and floater he can utilize from 4-8 feet away, a testament to his advanced scoring prowess.
Graham is an excellent offensive rebounder for his size, indeed ranking #1 in this category among wing prospects last season, even if that's misleading considering he spent most of his time at the 4. Still, he ranks in the top-10 in that category among all returning prospects in our top-100 rankings, as his length, strength, instincts and aggressiveness help him find a large number of extra possessions despite possessing just average size and athleticism.
Defensively is where Graham might have the biggest question marks to answer regarding his NBA potential. While he possesses good size, length and strength for a wing prospect, his lateral quickness is just average, and he frequently struggles to contain dribble penetration on the perimeter against collegiate forwards, something that will likely become even more pronounced if forced to move down a position or two, which he'll almost certainly have to do at 6-6.
A year young for his class, Graham has some very interesting characteristics with his length, strength and scoring instincts that all but assure him a bright career playing professional basketball. He'll have to shore up his perimeter skill-set and show he can defend NBA wing players if he's to prove he can do so in the NBA. Having just turned 20 two weeks ago, Graham is the same age as many sophomores like Kyle Anderson, Perry Ellis and Isaiah Austin and thus may still have more room to improve than your typical upperclassmen. NBA scouts will be watching to see what type of strides he makes, as he'll be on their radar screen all season playing for one of the most visible mid-major programs in college basketball.