FGCU Signs DaJuan Graf on First Day of Early Signing Period
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Just two nights before his first official game as FGCU men’s basketball coach, Andy Enfield announced on Wednesday that DaJuan Graf (Charlotte, N.C./Phillip O. Berry Academy) has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) on the first day of the early signing period and will join the Eagles in 2012-13.
Graf, a 6-foot point guard, is a rising senior at Phillip O. Berry Academy where he has led the Cardinals to a 51-11 record and a pair of North Carolina Section 2A Championships over the last two seasons.
“We’re excited to add a player of DaJuan’s caliber to our program,” said Enfield. “His quickness, ball-handling ability and decision-making skills are exactly what we are looking for in a point guard. We expect him to fit in well with our other talented players and look forward to him joining our FGCU family.”
As a junior last season, Graf averaged a team-highs of 15.4 points, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals per game en route to leading Phillip O. Berry Academy to a 27-3 record and its second straight N.C. Section 2A Championship. Graf was named the Rocky River Conference Player of the Year and an All-Western Region squad selection. His 15.4 points per game were fueled by 22 double figure outings and seven 20-point performances, including a career-high 36-point outing in the season opener against Garinger. A multi-faceted guard, Graf also average 4.5 rebounds, had three double-doubles, seven performances of six or more boards and reached the foul line 10 times in a game five times.
“I couldn’t be happier for DaJuan,” said first-year Phillip O. Berry Academy head coach Carlton Anthony, who served as an assistant the previous three years. “He (DaJuan) is one of the best kids that I’ve ever had the privilege of coaching. As a point guard, he plays the game at a fast pace and possesses the ability to change direction with the ball in his hands. What really makes him special is his desire to play hard on both ends of the court.”
Graf’s starting point guard duties began his sophomore season when he led the Cardinals to a 24-8 mark and the first of his two Section 2A Championships. He burst onto the scene by averaging 13.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.1 steals per contest. Graf reached double figures in 25 of 32 games, scoring 20 or more points three times to go along with a trio of double-doubles.
FGCU will open the 2011-12 season and the 10th campaign in school history on Friday, Nov. 11, at Mountain West member TCU. Gametime is slated for 8 p.m. ET, as the Eagles start their first season as a postseason eligible Division I program.
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