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Nike EYBL Indy Underclassman of the Session: Adrian Griffin Jr

By D1 Circuit Staff, 05/17/19, 2:30PM EDT

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Adrian Griffin Jr did a lot of things during 17-and-under Nike EYBL debut in Indianapolis.

He scored. He defended. He shot lights out. He did the little things and looked as comfortable as ever.

Best of all? 

He won.

The PSA Cardinals rattled off a 4-0 record at EYBL Indianapolis, and the addition of their superstar sophomore was a huge reason why.

The Archbishop Stepinac (NY) product and son of 10-year NBA veteran Adrian Griffin Jr, the younger Griffin was constantly in attack mode. The 6-foot-6 Griffin averaged 20.5 points and three rebounds per contest for PSA, but it was his shooting that shined brightest.

Griffin knocked down 31 of his 53 shot attempts and went 12-for-19 (63.1 FG%) from the perimeter over four games. His shot is smooth and refined, and when he's not afraid to let it fly if he gets an inch of space from the defense. 

"AJ has proven himself to be one of the best players in the 2021 class," head coach Munch Williams said. "He's a leader on this team."

Griffin's leadership was evident on the defense, which was equally as impressive his offensive output. Capable of guarding multiple positions, Griffin's addition to the rotation gives PSA an athletic, long defender on the perimeter that loves to jump passing lanes. Griffin collected a steal per game in Indy, but if you watch the film, locking down defensively is clearly one of the most impressive aspects of his game. 

"Everything for us starts on the defensive side of the basketball," said PSA assistant coach Isaac Green.  "Our guys take great pride in compiling together consecutive stops on defense."

Griffin lifted the PSA's defensive efforts, and his contribution to the offense was impossible to ignore. The team didn't skip a beat with Griffin's addition to the starting lineup.

"Offensively, the guys did a great job of playing together and unselfishly," Green added.

Somewhat amazingly, Griffin - a 2021 graduate - is still only 15 years old. Physically and athletically, he is matured beyond his years. As far as head coach Munch Williams is concerned, Griffin is just getting started, and he approaches everything with quiet confidence.

"He seems to be comfortable with walking in the footsteps of some of the PSA greats," Williams said. "I look forward to watching his progression year to year."

Adrian Griffin Jr goes to work at EYBL Indy (h/t TheHoopHustle)

AJ Griffin's 4-games in Indy:

Game PTS FG FT 3PT REB AST TO STL BLK
1 23 8-13 3-5 4-5 6 1 1 1 2
2 22 9-13 1-4 3-4 2 0 2 1 0
3 14 5-12 2-4 2-4 2 1 0 1 0
4 23 9-15 2-3 3-6 2 2 1 2 0
AVG 20.5 58.5 FG% 50.0 FT% 63.2 3PT% 3 1 1 1.2 0.5

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