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Graham trimmed his weight from 240 to 225 pounds and added four inches to his vertical prior to the 2012-13 season. A physical presence in the paint with a deft short hook shot and the length to alter shots, he has led the Lions in shot blocking the last two seasons. He saw his playing time curtailed toward the end of his sophomore campaign due in part to the strong play of senior Sasa Borovnjak. The very coachable and enthusiastic Graham will look for his role to continue to increase as he hones his game. He is one of the strongest players on the team posting a team-high bench pressing 185-pounds 24 times.
"Jon has done everything we have asked him to do. He worked really hard to change his body in the off-season and has a lot more bounce and is able to get up and down the floor better. He made great progress in his first season on the floor and we have high expectations for him this year."
- Patrick Chambers
Graham played in all 31 games and started the first eight on the season, but saw his playing time diminish in the Big Ten season...averaged 1.9 ppg and 2.7 rpg while leading the team with 25 blocks...scored a season high seven points and had three rebounds in a win over New Hampshire (12/23)...has had six points, four rebounds and two blocks in a loss at Iowa (1/31) in his best Big Ten outing on the season...played 12 minutes or more in six straight Big Ten games in January and early February, but saw his minutes decline late in the year.
Graham earned the Most Improved Player Award at the team's annual banquet after playing in 26 games and starting the final 17 of his first season on the court...saw his production increase in the final 10 games of the year as he averaged 5.3 ppg and 4.1 rpg while shooting 51 percent over the span that saw him twice record a career high point total and once post a career high rebound total over a three-game stretch...went 3-for-3 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the line for a career-high 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks in a win over Iowa (2/16)...hit both ends of a clutch one-and-one with 24 seconds remaining in that game to extend a three-point lead to five...his father, Ernie, had his jersey retired at Maryland on the same night...scored nine points and grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds in a loss at Wisconsin (2/19)...equaled a career-high with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in a loss to Northwestern (2/25)...missed five games after being diagnosed with Mononucleosis (11/28)...returned to play in all 18 Big Ten conference games...made his first career start vs. Purdue (1/5)...had seven boards in an upset of No. 22 Illinois (1/19)...averaged 3.9 ppg and 3.7 rpg while playing 17.7 mpg on the year...led the team with 19 blocks.
With three senior starters in the Nittany Lion frontcourt, Graham had the ability to use a redshirt season to pack 20 pounds of muscle onto his strong frame and develop his skills on the court...Graham earned the team's "Unsung Hero" award for his work ethic and attitude during a redshirt season in which he hit the weight room daily on top of regular team practices.
A two-time All-Metro selection, Graham averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game in his senior season leading Calvert Hall College High School to a 21-7 record and the Baltimore Catholic League tournament championship with a 46-44 upset of No. 1 seeded Mount St. Joseph in the title game...a four-year varsity player and three-year starter, Graham finished his Calvert Hall career as the program's second all-time leading scorer with 1,670 points...rated as a three star recruit by Scout.com and the No. 40 power forward in the nation...was named MVP of the Benedictine Tournament in Richmond and to the All-Tournament Team of the Gonzaga D.C. Classic as he established himself as one of the most dominant post players in the Baltimore area...the first-team All-BCL player logged 17 double-doubles in his senior year and led Calvert with 18 points in a semi-final win in the BCL tournament... also logged a 16-point, 18-rebound, 10-block triple-double and a 33-point, 15-rebound double-double on the year...averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds a game to earn All-Metro honors as a junior.
Graham is the son of former Maryland great Ernest Graham (1978-81), who ranks among the top 15 all-time in scoring (1,607) and assists (346) in Terrapin history...Ernest, who helped lead Maryland to an ACC title and NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" berth in 1980, still holds Maryland's game scoring record with 44 points vs. North Carolina State in 1978...he was a third-round draft pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1981 NBA Draft and also played internationally...has an older brother, Ernest Graham Jr..
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