Incoming freshman Traveis Graham no longer with FAU Basketball


The only holdover recruit from the former head coach Mike Jarvis’s regime, Traevis Graham, has announced that he is looking for a new school to play basketball.

Graham originally signed with FAU in November and Jarvis — the man he signed to play under — resigned last February following a 10-22 season.

When new head coach Michael Curry and his staff arrived in April, they had the option to inherit Graham or to have him released from his national letter of intent — the document that legally binded him to the university.

Those two options were on the table from April onward. Three and a half months later, Graham announced that he would not suit up for the FAU basketball program in a July 24 tweet.

Immediately after his announcement, Graham cited a “misunderstanding with the new coaching staff” as the reason that FAU is no longer in his future.

“It’s business,” Graham said. “I’m not going to let it bring me down.”

Graham’s father, Rick Graham, was a bit more candid.

He says that Curry gave the Graham family “all the vibes” that they wanted to keep his son. Traevis Graham stuck with FAU after Jarvis left because he liked his proximity to home, and he knew that Curry and assistant coach Eric Snow both played in the NBA, which intrigued him.

Graham’s father kept his other comments close to the vest since there are still steps to the process that need to be completed. He did see a bit of a silver lining in the situation.

“It wasn’t good at all, what happened,” he said. “It’s better that it happened now as opposed to when the season starts.”

Assuming that all goes as planned, Graham can find another school and play this year. If he decided to leave once the school year started, NCAA transfer rules would mandate that he sit out a year of basketball.

The 6-foot-6 forward from Stuart, Fla. fielded offers from several schools before signing with FAU, including the University of Massachusetts, Appalachian State, Jacksonville University and Furman.

Rick Graham said that his son had over eighty scholarship offers, and that some of those programs are back in play now.

“Once people heard he wasn’t playing for FAU, my phone has been ringing off the hook,” he said.

Graham will finish the current summer session at FAU, then he will begin taking a few visits in an attempt to find his new home.

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Wesley Wright is the Sports Editor of the University Press. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @NotEvenWes.