We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Graham Worland of Hough.
We’ve seen Worland numerous times over the last calendar year, including most recently, when our Rick Lewis attended Hough’s open gym, where he stated, “Last season, Worland averaged 10.3 PPG as a sophomore. Look for big things from the talented junior. Worland has excellent size at the shooting guard position, has tremendous basketball IQ and has a nice feel for the game. At our Hoop State Fall League, we got a chance to watch him on several occasions. We stated, “Worland is one that just works hard on both ends of the floor. He plays multiple positions and is one of the primary scorers for this team, whether it is showing off this shooting stroke from the perimeter or attacking defenses.” Coach Grube stated, “what a baller, I love that kid! He’s gotten stronger and tougher and will be asked him to be a leader. In addition, Worland will have to guard the opposing team’s top players.”
Prior to the season, Worland stood out as a quality piece for Team EAT. He consistently found opportunities and made contributions despite the loaded roster. Now, Hough has been able to enjoy quality success behind Worland’s leadership and production. The smart, sturdy guard might operate within a role during the summer, but actually does a great job of running a team as the primary decision-maker. He’s a capable shooter and overall threat off the dribble with the ability to apply scoring pressure or set up others. Worland utilizes his body well around the basket to finish, secure rebounds, and make plays defensively. Through eight games, Worland is posting nightly averages of 17.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and 2.4 APG while seeing an abundance of defensive pressure on a game-to-game basis. Expect to continue hearing his name over the next calendar year, as he should have numerous opportunities at the next level.