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Prospect Profile

Eric Griffin

  • Full Name: Eric Griffin
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 190
  • Birthdate: May 26, 1990
  • College: Campbell

Strengths:
*Length
*Extremely athletic
*Good rebounder
*Good shot blocker
*Aggressive
*Can make face-up jump shots with range to 3-point line

Weaknesses:
*Has to get bigger and stronger
*Hasn’t played a lot of high-level basketball
*Free-throw shooting needs work

NBA projection:
NBA scouts have seen plenty of Griffin’s calling card, a dunk against North Carolina A&T in which he took flight at the free-throw line and rammed it home. It’s a YouTube staple and appeared on ESPN2’s “Dunks of the Year,” special. Anyone with Griffin’s length and jumping ability will get a strong look. He’s been projected second-round to undrafted, but he’s a potential crowd-pleasing, high flyer that can’t be overlooked.

2011-12 Season:
Griffin was a first-team All-Big South pick after ranking seven nationally in field-goal percentage and 27th in blocked shots. He led the Big South in field-goal percentage and blocks, was third in rebounding and ninth in scoring.

Key statistics:
15.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.7 tpg, 0.9 spg, 2.4 bpg, 30.3 mpg, .610 FG, .367 3PT, .568 FT

Cool statistic:
In only two varsity seasons and 60 games, Griffin finished third on Campbell's career blocked shots list (134).

Reminds me of:
Jeremy Evans

What Insiders Say:
Campbell coach Robbie Laing
“We’ve barely seen who he is,” Laing told ESPN2. “His dunk showed his freakish athletic ability, but he’s also a basketball player. He’ll be on ESPN more times.”

What Outsiders Say:
Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey
“I don't think we'll play many the rest of the season who are as good as he is [after Griffin led an upset victory with 23 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks]. Anyone ever heard of him? He does this every game, though."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

 

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