Penn State basketball welcomes a new addition to its latest recruiting class: power forward Jonathan Graham. A 6-foot-8 power forward from Calvert Hall in Maryland, Graham is an athletic and difficult-to-contain presence on the court. His commitment to the Nittany Lions was confirmed by Calvert Hall head coach John Bauersfeld.
“Jon is a very skilled big man. He can score with either hand and is continuing to develop his jump shot with more consistency,” Bauersfeld told FightOnState.com. “He just knows how to score.”
According to his coach, Graham signed his letter of intent Friday. The forward averaged a double-double for Calvert Hall last season. He held offers from other programs including VCU and Seton Hall. Bauersfeld is confident that his young player, despite not being a highly visible recruit, will perform well in the Big Ten.
Bauersfeld noted that Graham is a good under the boards and that any concerns programs may have had in the player can easily be remedied. He weighs the positives with areas for improvement.
“Jon is a great rebounder and good with his back to the basket,” Bauersfeld said. “He needs to improve his perimeter game.”
His coach isn’t at all worried about Graham making the transition to the next level but has the utmost confidence in one area — his ability to score. In fact, Graham finished up this year as the second-leading scorer in Calvert Hall history. Bauersfeld sees the player changing his body once he hits campus and becoming an impact player.
“I think some schools were concerned about Jon's physical strength,” Bauersfeld said. “However, under PSU's weight program, he is going to flourish.”