Local player gets NBA tryout

Most young boys that pick up a basketball dream of playing in the NBA some day. One local just might get that chance.

Former Fontana High School standout Ira Graham has earned a tryout with the NBA’s Washington Wizards.

Graham, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard, wrapped up his college career at Division II Western Washington in the spring. He averaged 19.1 points his senior season and became the first player in school history to finish with two 500-point seasons. He was player of the year in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and selected to participate in the NABC all-star game held in conjunction with the Division II Elite Eight.

But Graham hasn’t stopped playing since that season ended in March. He continued to hone his skills with the Bellingham entry in the International Basketball League where he averaged 18.5 points and earned all-star honors.

Graham, 23, is back in Southern California and continues to work on his game in preparation for the tryout. There aren’t many locals playing professional basketball. Here’s to hoping he gets that chance!