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Graff honored for his academics

North Port High School senior Brandon Graff is accustomed to earning basketball accolades, but he was recently honored for his academic chops, as well.

Graff was invited to attend an all-academic basketball camp at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, which attracted scholar athletes from more than 20 states and four different countries. To qualify for the camp, each of the 300 attendees had to meet certain GPA and standardized test requirements. The camp not only offered Graff the chance to square off against top basketball talent, but also to get in front of coaches who may be able to help him take his game to the next level. Graff said more than 150 college basketball coaches were in attendance.

“It showed me that I’m doing what I need to do in the classroom and that I’m ready for college,” he said. “It was a unique experience, and I’m happy I got to be a part of it.”

Graff said competition at the three-day camp, which took place in early July, was fierce. He was particularly impressed by the commitment to basketball fundamentals that most of the players demonstrated.

During the event, he stayed in the Brandeis dorms. The experience, he said, got him excited for college. The only problem, however, was that the Northeastern school did not have many air-conditioned facilities.

“It was pretty hot,” Graff admitted.

Graff has not decided where he wants to go to school after he graduates from North Port. His goal is to play college basketball, and he is already being recruited by several universities. He is considering majoring in statistics.

Graff’s AAU basketball team, the Tampa Titans, recently finished its season, which included a second-place finish at the league’s National Championships. He is taking a short break from basketball before he returns to strength and conditioning work to prepare for the high school basketball season.

“I’ll be getting in the gym and shooting a lot and doing a lot of fundamentals work all the way up until the season starts,” he said.

Graff aims to further develop his leadership skills next season, and he also has goals in mind for the Bobcats, which include repeating as district champions.

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