Arizona State forward Jalen Graham reportedly enters transfer portal
Arizona State is losing perhaps its most valuable player down the stretch of this most recent season to the transfer portal.
According to multiple reports (first reported by Verbal Commits), Jalen Graham has put his name into the portal. Because of the COVID eligibility freeze, Graham will have three years to play two at his next stop.
The 6-9 forward averaged 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds this season for the Sun Devils. The highs and lows of his season pretty closely aligned with the overall success of the team. As Arizona State started off sluggish, it was Graham struggling. When ASU got hot down the stretch, Graham was powering them with his improved play.
In his first 11 games (seven starts), Graham averaged 4.8 points on 42% shooting. In only 18 minutes a night, he struggled to do much of anything else—three boards, 0.9 blocks, 0.5 assists, and 0.5 steals.
ASU went 4-7 during that stretch. Over the final eight regular-season games, Arizona State won seven with Graham averaging 13 points, four boards, and more than two assists a game. He was at or above 50% shooting in six of those eight contests.
That stretch helped to land Graham on the All-Pac-12 Second Team, the first such honor of his career.
According to Rivals, Graham is expected to stay at the high major level and transfer to a program that can offer more than Arizona State can in the NIL space.