Stepinac Stars Sign to Play in College

Archbishop Stepinac High School seniors Adrian Griffin Jr. and Malcolm Chimezie both signed National Letters of Intent Nov. 11 to play collegiately at Duke University and Boston University, respectively, during the 2021-2022 school year.

They are the 20th and 21st Stepinac basketball players to sign a National Letter of Intent over the last six years and both played roles in leading the Crusaders to the 2020 Archdiocesan Championship.

“AJ and Malcolm have worked extremely hard in and out of the classroom to be in the position they are today,” said Stepinac basketball coach Patrick Massaroni in a press release from the school. “Both are all-league and all-state players who will go on to play at the next level. Signing day is always a special day for our program and school, seeing each student-athlete achieve his dream to play at the next level.”

Griffin, who chose Duke over 30 other Division I offers he received, averaged 17.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.6 steals per game in 2019-2020. He’s scored over 1,000 varsity career points and is considered one of the top high-school seniors in the country.

Chimezie selected Boston University over 20 other Division I offers, and averaged 10.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game as a junior.

The school announced Stepinac’s three remaining unsigned seniors–Josh Zangerle of Beacon, Jonah Phang of Pelham, and Keith Mency II of Edgewater, N.J.–will sign in the spring of 2021. 

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