At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and underrated, and today’s edition will highlight Graham Calton of Charlotte Latin.
We’ve seen Calton numerous times over the years, including our Rick Lewis, stating, “Graham Calton had a game high and “quiet” 25 points. He was a model of consistency and efficiency from start to finish. Calton knocked down four 3-pointers for the game, but went a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line down the stretch. What’s even more impressive is the fact that Calton allows the game to come to him, nothing is forced or manufactured. More importantly, Calton has a high basketball IQ, is fundamentally sound, and just makes winning plays.” Later in the summer season, our Patrick O’Brien stated, “Calton continues to show that he can produce on multiple levels for his team. The strong, sturdy prospect can battle down low and always seems to get his hands on the ball. Usually defended by bigger opponents, Calton also shows a smooth perimeter feel to his game.”
Since the start of the private school season, Calton has been even better than before. His numbers are up across the board, proving himself as a reliable leader and offensive focal point for a quality Charlotte Latin squad. Calton was a major contributor on last year’s team and found an abundance of opportunities playing alongside Randy Johnson. In four games against the top two 4A teams in the NCISAA (Carmel Christian and Cannon), Calton has averaged 27 points per contest while shooting over 60% from distance. It should be fairly easy to envision him advancing and succeeding at the next level in a variety of potential roles. His recruitment will be interesting to follow over the coming months, as numerous programs should be getting involved.