Nov. 9, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Darius Graham, a standout point guard from Sacramento High School, and Tyler Ott, an all-state first-team forward from Desert Hills High School in Utah, have each signed National Letters of Intent with UC Davis and will join the Aggie men's basketball program next fall, it was announced on Wednesday by first-year head coach Jim Les.
Graham is a 5-foot-10 senior at Sacramento High School this fall where he is entering his third season with the Dragons after helping lead them to 52 wins over the previous two years. Ott is a 6-5 senior who helped the Thunder to a 21-4 overall record last season.
"The future of Aggie basketball is bright with this recruiting class. First and foremost, Darius and Tyler are great young men and first-rate students to go along with being excellent basketball players," said Les.
Graham is coming off a junior season in which he averaged 10.6 points, 5.0 assists and 1.7 steals for the Dragons while earning All-Metro Conference first-team honors and All-Sac Metro honorable mention accolades. A team captain, he reached double figures in 11 games, pouring in a season-high 26 points against McClatchy High School in January.
Twice he dished nine assists in a game and two other times he had eight. Graham had six assists in at least 10 games and three times had four steals. He helped lead the Dragons to a 27-6 overall record last season, their third straight section title and a berth in the Northern California Regional Semifinals. He averaged 4.5 ppg. as "sixth man" during his sophomore season as Sacramento High School finished 25-8 and advanced to the regional championship.
"Darius is an outstanding point guard." said Les. "He is quick with the ball and is a very good defender. We really like his potential in our up-tempo style of play."
Graham carries a 4.03 GPA and plans to major in mathematics.
Ott averaged 14.6 ppg, and 3.9 rpg. for Desert Hills High School which also had an 11-1 league record while advancing to the Utah 3A Championship Semifinals, a year after winning 16 games and playing in the state quarterfinals.
Ott led the Thunder in scoring, tallying a season-high 30 points against Pine View High School in January and then posting an impressive double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds versus Canyon View High School in February. He reached double-figure scoring in all but two games, had a season-high nine assists against Morgan High School and blocked 30 shots on the year.
Ott was twice named all-state first team and also all-region and is a three-year member of his school's academic honor roll. A multi-talented athlete, he is additionally a two-time Utah high jump champion for his track and field team, winning the title last year with a mark of 6-feet-6 inches. He is also an honorable mention all-state golfer.
"Tyler is a fierce competitor" said Les. "He's a long, athletic wing player who is very skilled and someone who can impact the game on both ends of the floor."
Graham and Ott are the first recruits for Les during his initial NLI signing period with the Aggies. Les expects to add to the class soon.
The Aggies are currently preparing for their season opener on Friday against Southern Utah at the Basketball Traveler's Classic at San Diego State.