Hawks Pick Griffin

The experts guessed wrong.

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate AJ Griffin was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 16th pick of the 2022 NBA Draft.

Expected to be a lottery pick, the 18 year old dropped to the 16th spot on draft night. Several experts had Griffin being picked by the Knicks at No. 12, but the Knicks were busy making trades – including Rice High School graduate Kemba Walker to the Detroit Pistons – to free up cap space and acquire draft picks for future drafts.

Griffin averaged 10.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in leading the Duke Blue Devils to the Final Four during his one season at Durham, N.C. He shot 49.3 percent from the floor and 44.7 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

Prior to Duke, the 6-foot-6 guard played at Stepinac, helping the team to a state federation championship in 2018. The current Stepinac players and coaching staff were among those at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the NBA Draft. 

Griffin is the son of Adrian and Audrey Griffin. Adrian, who played at Seton Hall, played 10 seasons in the NBA before becoming an assistant coach in the NBA. Audrey ran in the track and field program at Seton Hall.

AJ’s other brother, Alan, was a member of Stepinac’s championship team and later played at the University of Illinois and Syracuse University. His sister, Aubrey, plays for the University of Connecticut.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DUKE UNIVERSITY

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