Lakers Add Griffin to Summer Roster

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin will be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2021 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this month.

The Lakers open Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2 against the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers will meet the Knicks on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 10 p.m. The league concludes with the championship game on Aug. 17.

Griffin played two seasons at the University of Illinois before transferring to Syracuse University. He declared himself eligible for the 2021 NBA Draft and was not selected, making him a free agent. At Syracuse, he averaged 13.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He shot 43.1 percent from the floor.

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Griffin Entering NBA Draft

Alan Griffin announced he will forego his senior season at Syracuse University and enter the 2021 NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-5 junior played two seasons at the University of Illinois before transferring to Syracuse where he averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. The Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate, who was third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding, had a team-high 46 blocks.

Griffin is the son of Adrian Griffin, who played at Seton Hall University and later in the NBA. He’s now an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors.

Griffin’s brother A.J. is a senior at Archbishop Stepinac and is signed to play at Duke University next season. His sister Aubrey averaged 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17 minutes per game during her sophomore season for the University of Connecticut in 2020-2021.

Off to Sweet 16

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin and the Syracuse men’s basketball team are heading to the Sweet 16 after the 11th-seeded Orangemen upset third seed West Virginia, 75-72, in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

Griffin, a junior forward, had three points and two assists in 11 minutes of action.

The Orangemen defeated sixth seed San Diego State, 78-62, in the first round last Friday. Griffin finished with a rebound, one assist and one blocked shot in 15 minutes.

Syracuse will play second seed Houston at 9:55 Saturday night.

At Noon today, Cardinal Hayes graduate Joe Toussaint will look to join Griffin in the Sweet 16 when second seed Iowa meets seventh seed Oregon.

March Madness is Here

March Madness is hitting the archdiocese with a pair of doubleheader treats.

On Friday, basketball fans can see a pair of Archbishop Stepinac graduates.

Stepinac grad RJ Davis leads eighth seed North Carolina against Wisconsin on CBS at 7:10 p.m. This game will be followed on CBS by sixth seed San Diego State meeting 11th seed Syracuase and Stepinac grad Alan Griffin.

On Saturday, 15th seed Iona and first-year coach Rick Pitino will look to upset second seed Alabama on TBS at 4 p.m. This game will be followed on TBS by 15th seed Grand Canyon opposing second seed Iowa and Cardinal Hayes graduate Joe Toussaint.

If you are looking for some more basketball Saturday, No. 1 Gonzaga will play Norfolk State on TBS following the Iowa-Grand Canyon game. Gonzaga is undefeated and ranked first in the country. 

Norfolk State is coached by Robert Jones, a Queens native who played collegiately at SUNY New Paltz and previously coached at Bard College, SUNY New Paltz and St. Mary’s High School on Long Island. He was an assistant in the 2011-2012 season when 15th seed Norfolk State upset second seed Missouri in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Anthony Evans, a Brooklyn native who played at St. Thomas Aquinas and is now an assistant at Fordham University, was the head coach of Norfolk State in 2011-2012.

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Griffin Lifts Syracuse at ACC tourney

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal for Syracuse, which defeated North Carolina State, 89-68, in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday night.

Griffin and Orangemen (16-8 overall) play top seed Virginia in an ACC quarterfinal at noon today on ESPN2.

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Griffin, Syracuse Tip UNC

Alan Griffin and Syracuse pulled off a 72-70 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over visiting North Carolina on Monday night.

Griffin, a Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate, finished with four points, four rebounds and three blocks for the Orangemen (14-8 overall, 8-7 ACC). He has team highs of 326 points and 34 blocks this season.

RJ Davis, a freshman guard out of Archbishop Stepinac, had nine points and three assists for North Carolina (15-9, 9-6). He has 186 points and is third on the team with 48 assists this season.

Griffin vs. Davis, Part II

Alan Griffin and Syracuse University will be hosting RJ Davis and the University of North Carolina in an Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball game at 7 p.m. tonight on ESPN.

Griffin and Davis are graduates of Archbishop Stepinac High School. North Carolina won the first meeting between the two clubs, 81-75, in Chapel Hill on Jan. 12.

Griffin, a junior forward, is averaging a team-high 15.5 points per game and is second on the team with 6.6 rebounds per contest for the Orangemen, 13-8 overall, 7-7 ACC.

Davis, a freshman guard, is averaging 8.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Tar Heels, 15-8 overall and 9-5 ACC.

Griffin Assists Syracuse

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin had 11 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks for Syracuse University in an 85-71 Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball loss to host Duke on Monday night.

The junior forward is averaging 15.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, both rank second on the team.

Syracuse (13-7 overall, 7-6 ACC) plays Saturday at Georgia Tech.

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Griffin Lifts Syracuse

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks for Syracuse University in a 75-67 Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball win over Boston College.

The junior forward is averaging a team-high 15.8 points per game and is second with 6.8 rebounds per game.

Syracuse plays Louisville on Wednesday.

Griffin Leads Syracuse

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin scored a game-high 22 points as Syracuse defeated North Carolina State, 77-68, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Griffin also had four rebounds and three steals for the Orangemen (11-6 overall, 5-5 ACC). The junior is averaging 15.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Syracuse hosts Boston College on Saturday.