Travis Ford has gotten another commitment from a Division I transfer.
As Evan Daniels of Scout.com and FOX Sports first reported on Thursday, former Boston College point guard Ty Graves has committed to the Saint Louis Billikens. Graves, a 6-foot, 165-point freshman from Greensboro, North Carolina, received his release from the BC program just one week ago.
Graves, who was ranked as a three-star prospect during the recruiting process, played in the Eagles’ first 11 non-conference games, but he had seen his playing time drop below the 10-minute mark in each of the his last two contests. His progression throughout the first couple months was rather odd, as he scored 15 points over 31 minutes in his debut, but never matched those totals again and ended up averaging just 4.8 points and 1.6 assists over 18.8 minutes for the season.
Graves’ addition puts the Billikens at their scholarship limit for 2017-18, though it’s always possible that a current player’s decision to transfer could open up a spot.
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Graves should provide some much-needed depth at the point guard spot; with regular starter Jermaine Bishop going down with an injury, walk-on Aaron Hines has started the past three games at the point for the Billikens, and he’s played 30 or more minutes in the past two. UCF transfer Adonys Henriquez is the Bills’ only anticipated addition at that position for next season.
Seeing as the Billikens have an extra scholarship open this season following Marcus Bartley‘s unexpected departure in August, Graves could easily enroll at SLU for the spring semester and be eligible to play by December of 2017. It’s basically a catch-22 for his development, as he’ll either miss major parts of two seasons if he ends up playing next season, or he’ll go 23 months without playing in a game if he redshirts in 2017-18.
Graves is the fourth Division I transfer to commit to SLU since Travis Ford took over as head coach in March, following Henriquez, Rutgers transfer D.J. Foreman, and former Michigan State swingman Javon Bess. Ford has also gotten commitments from four high school players during his first nine months on the job: current Billiken Jalen Johnson, 2017-18 signees Jordan Goodwin and Hasahn French, and 2018-19 commit Carte’Are Gordon.