UNCW Guard Tyree Graham Leaves School, Will Not Pursue Further Collegiate Career

By Jake Fischer
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Early Thursday afternoon, Jeff Goodman of CBSSports reported that UNCW guard Tyree Graham will be looking to transfer from the Colonial Athletic Association founding father and explore options to play out another year in NCAA Basketball.

However, the UNCW Athletics Department said shortly after Thursday that Graham, who was in UNCW’s graduate school, is no longer a student there. If Graham is no longer an enrolled student, it will be very difficult for Graham to transfer to another university and receive a sixth year of eligibility

But, going even further, a source close to the Seahawks program said Thursday that Graham is “done playing in college” and that Graham said he wants to either turn pro or coach.

Graham, 24, is now widely know as the “the most traveled player” in the NCAA. He started off his career back in 2008-2009 at Texas Tech under head coach Pat Knight. But, after his freshman year, Graham moved to Brunswick Community College, and became an esteemed JuCo player.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound guard averaged 17.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. With that success under his belt, Graham transferred back to Division I and joined Mike Rice’s Rutgers Scarlett Knights program.

Graham was recently interviewed as part of ESPN’s Outside The Lines report on Rice’s practice antics, but the Durham, N.C. native never even appeared in a game at the New Jersey state school. Graham lost the 2010-2011 season to a torn ACL and the 2011-2012 season to a ruptured Achilles in 2011-2012.

Then, after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in the summer of 2012 from Rutgers, Graham transferred to Buzz Peterson’s UNCW program, where he averaged 4.8 points in just 12.5 minutes per game.

If Graham’s basketball career is to continue, he will likely have to travel some more … to countries overseas.


Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. He also hosts the CAA Relay Podcast. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.

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