Ball Is Life: Massai Graham Chasing The Dream

Massai is a 16 year-old sophomore at Tapestry Charter High School and a well-known local basketball player who is chasing his dreams of going to the NBA.

The son of Rashida & Ronal Graham, he  is the second  youngest of their blended family consisting of six children. He has always been sports oriented watching his older brothers play football. Over the years he has tried his hand at football, baseball and track but at 10 years old Massai picked up a basketball and has not put it down since.  He has found a love and passion for the sport and hopes to go as far as he can to becoming a successful and professional player.

While playing with his AAU basketball team NEBC, Massai has showcased his talents with as well as in front of some very well-known and influential individuals of basketball. Even winning Co-MVP at the Pangos Jr. All-American Camp in California and more recently earned the ranking of #52 in the country. While proud to make the list, he is determined and has vowed to move up within the rankings of top 20. 

With a very humble and respectful demeanor Sai (as he’s known for his unmatched athleticism, defensive blocks and high-flying dunks from both half and full court has coined the nickname #Bounce makes the combo wing and fan favorite game after game.  Always willing and open to learning every aspect of the game from other players, coaches and trainers further demonstrates his ability to be taught and his respect for others. Anyone that he encounters only offers up positive words about him. Often referring to him as a gentle giant. 

Massai Graham of Buffalo NY photo by Stand Still Media



Massai’s focus and drive goes far beyond basketball. His plans beyond high school are to study sports medicine in college. He understands the importance of education and that it goes hand in hand with basketball. 

Massai loves to give back. He volunteers whenever possible to younger children who wants to learn more about basketball and has volunteered at school, church, and community centers around the city. Recently he gave away two thanksgiving dinner baskets and also participated in feeding the homeless during winter months. 

Massai who attends Zion Dominion Global Ministries in Amherst puts his faith and trust in God displaying respect for himself, his family his teammates and his community.  
We plan to keep our eyes on this player , he’s bound for greatness.