Griffin Off to Syracuse

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin announced over the weekend that he will transfer to Syracuse University to play basketball for the 2020-2021 season.

Griffin averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the University of Illinois, which was ranked 21st in the final Associated Press poll for 2019-2020 season.

Griffin will have two years of eligibility remaining at Syracuse. It’s uncertain whether he’ll play in 2020-2021 or if he’ll be required to sit out a season in accordance with NCAA rules.

A story recapping Griffin’s season and three other basketball players from the archdiocese will be published in this week’s Catholic New York.


Lourdes Grad Scores 1,000th Point

Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate James Anozie scored 14 points, including the 1,000th of his collegiate career, in leading Keene State to an 83-77 victory over Plymouth State in a Little East Conference men’s basketball game.

The junior center, who grabbed three rebounds and one blocked shot, became the 37th player in program history to reach 1,000 points.

In high school, Anozie scored over 1,500 varsity points, was a two-time Dutchess County Player of the Year and led Lourdes to a state final.


Toussaint Nabs Big Ten Honor

Cardinal Hayes High School graduate Joe Toussaint was named the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week for the first time this season Jan. 6.

The freshman at the University of Iowa scored a career-high 18 points and added four assists and two steals in his team’s 89-86 loss to No. 21 Penn State. He scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half in what was his third start of the season.

Toussaint is averaging 7.0 points and 1.7 rebounds through 14 games. He has  a team-high 20 steals and is third on the team with 36 assists.

Iowa (10-4) plays at Nebraska Jan. 7 and hosts Maryland Jan. 10.