Alan Griffin announced earlier this afternoon, via his Twitter, that he has committed to the University of Illinois.
This is truly a blessing, from all the hard work I’ve put and everything else, im very excited to say that I’ve committed to the University of Illinois I would like to thank my family and coaches for being there for me! lets go! fighting Illini!! @IlliniMBB pic.twitter.com/T8Nma4JXVX— Alan Griffin (@alangriffin_) March 2, 2018
Griffin, a White Plains, New York native, is listed as a 3-star on Rivals.com. He held other offers from St. John’s, St. Bonaventure, and Saint Louis among others.
He is listed at 6-foot-5, 175 pounds and plays at an off-guard position. Griffin has a smooth stroke from outside, and he can also attack the paint. His great vision and a large frame could translate nicely into coach Brad Underwood’s system. Interest has picked up for the senior this year with Providence, Xavier, and Seton Hall all taking notice.
He averaged 19+ points per game and was named the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic National Division Most Valuable Player. During his senior season, he’s averaging roughly 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks. He’s shooting well over 40 percent from behind the arc and looks to be a real threat on the offensive end. Griffin ran with the New York Rens this past AAU season where he averaged 7.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, and 0.6 steals.
The addition of Griffin addresses one of the needs for Brad Underwood: long, athletic wings. Ramey and Jones are still on the priority board. This is just the second of what’s probably going to be four or five newcomers to the team this offseason.