The Broughton men’s basketball program has a tradition of excellence; eighteen winning seasons, four Cap 8 championships, six conference players of the year, and one state championship appearance.
The team’s history of success is not the only thing that defines the program. Broughton is also known for producing basketball players who go on to have illustrious professional careers, from Pete Maravich in the late 1900s to Shavlik Randolph in the early 2000s.
The newest additions to the long list of successful Broughton alumni are Jerome Robinson and Devonte’ Graham. Both players had a significant impact on the Broughton program, and the program had a significant impact on them.
Graham graduated from Broughton in 2013.
As a senior he averaged 15.7 points per game and 5.4 assists per game. In the 2012-2013 season, he etched his name into Broughton basketball history by leading his team to a 4A state championship appearance.
Graham initially signed a letter of intent to play for Appalachian State University, but he decided he needed to take a gap year.
So he went to Brewster Academy, a preparatory school in New Hampshire, to attract attention from college scouts. While at Brewster he impressed, averaging 17.2 points per game and 5.0 assists per game. Along with this superb stat line, he also led his team to the National Preparatory Championship.
After Graham left Brewster, he signed with the University of Kansas.
In his first year at Kansas, he played solid minutes and contributed to his team, coming off the bench.
When his sophomore year rolled around, Graham was ready to ball. He improved a great deal, averaging 11.3 points per game. At the conclusion of the season, he was named to Big 12 All-Defensive Team.
Junior year was when Graham’s talent truly showed. He formed a lethal backcourt with Frank Mason III and led the Jayhawks to an impressive 31-5 record. He was named to Second Team All-Big 12.
Graham has high expectations for his senior year. He was named Big 12 preseason Player of the Year. He is expected to lead the Jayhawks this year after Frank Mason III’s graduation.
Graham believes playing for the Broughton basketball program helped him along his journey to Division 1 basketball.
“[The Broughton basketball program helped me by] Learning to compete against good competition [and] the weight training/ conditioning tests we had [also helped].” Graham said.
Jerome Robinson is another star to emerge from the Broughton basketball program.
Robinson played for the men’s varsity team for three years. He was a member of the 2012-2013 team that went to the state championship. As a senior, he led the Caps to a 23-3 record. Also during his senior year, he helped the team win the High School OT tournament and he was named the MVP of the tournament.
“[My] best experiences [as a Broughton basketball player] were going to the state championship sophomore year, and winning the High School OT tourney and getting MVP.” Robinson said.
Robinson graduated in 2015 and accepted a scholarship to Boston College.
At BC, he had an immediate impact on the team. As a freshman, he dropped 11.7 points per game along with 3.0 assists per game.
Sophomore year, he emerged as a more than capable scorer. He averaged 18.6 points per game, which put him as the 4th highest scorer in the ACC for the 2016-2017 season.
Currently a junior, Robinson continues to lead the eagles. He is averaging 16.8 points per game, 3.8 Rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. Recently, Boston College defeated #1 Duke 89-84. Robinson dropped 24 points for BC en route to the win.
Jerome Robinson took valuable lessons from his time as a Broughton basketball player.
“Broughton prepared me for college by teaching me how to play the game the right way, and to always keep my team first.” Robinson said.
Devonte Graham and Jerome Robinson will continue to impress, and the Broughton basketball program will continue to produce great players.