Hayden Graham, the son of former Longhorn football player William Graham, signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play basketball at the Air Force Academy.
William Graham was a starting defensive back for the Longhorn thirty years ago, capping off his career with an interception against Alabama in the 1982 Cotton Bowl. Graham then played several years in the NFL with the Detroit Lions.
Hayden Graham, a senior 6'5" shooting guard, became a key player on the Anderson High School varsity team his junior year, finishing the season with an average of 13 points per game and helping his team make the playoffs for the first time in ten years. The following summer, choosing from among several local AAU teams, Hayden joined the Austin ICE, coached by Johnny Moore, a former UT standout point guard and All-Star point guard for the San Antonio Spurs. Hayden earned an MVP Award in one summer tournament and helped his team to several victories in the Great American Shoot Out Tournaments played in Dallas, Duncanville, and Bryan-College Station. Hayden also helped his Anderson High team win the Texas A&M Team Tournament. Honors accrued during his 2011 high school season include 2nd Team All-District, Academic All-District, and a Sportsmanship Award. Heading into his senior year season, Hayden hopes to add to his list of honors and help the Anderson Trojans basketball team compete for the District 15-5A title and advance deep into UIL high school playoffs.
Hayden began his basketball career in the first grade playing in the UpWards Basketball League. It was evident early on that Hayden had a special talent for shooting the basketball, scoring 35 points in his very first game. In the sixth grade, Hayden switched to Select Basketball, playing for the Austin Elite coached by Tina Powers. Hayden joined the Pflugerville Titans and developed a reputation as a shooter from long range in the seventh grade. By the ninth grade, Hayden attracted the attention of the 360 Elite Eagles AAU team and was accomplished enough to play against sophomores and juniors. As a sophomore in high school, Hayden’s 20+ points per game helped the Northwest Austin Trojans, an AAU team coached by Aaron Page, win several tournaments.
"Hayden is a great basketball player and also a tremendous leader for our team,” said Anderson basketball coach Leal Anderson. “He is not only a great basketball player, but a great person. He and I have developed a very special relationship over the years."