Kyle Griffin: Will fulfill dream at La Salle

Kyle Griffin: Will fulfill dream at La Salle

ExplorerHoopReport contributing reporter Rick Francis had a chance to speak with La Salle commitment Kyle Griffin recently. From fulfilling his dream to battling illness Griffin gives us his thoughts about his commitment and joining the Explorers.

So many Southeastern Pennsylvania high school basketball players dream of playing college basketball close to home. Whether it be Big East or Atlantic 10, or some other school in another conference, those players want to play close to home in front of family and friends in a big-time atmosphere and top it off in the Big 5. For Germantown Academy guard Kyle Griffin he will fulfill a lifelong dream next year when he joins the La Salle Explorer basketball program.

Griffin, who made his commitment to LaSalle in the fall, said, "I always wanted to play in Philadelphia", and "it has always been a goal of mine to play in the Atlantic 10 and Big 5." Griffin said, that he "fits in well" at LaSalle and feels that "being a skilled player with passing skills will help next year in getting his teammates involved." Griffin's natural position is point guard. At 6"3 he has good size and sees the floor well. He can also be deadly from the outside and his slick shooting skills will help add to the Explorer's long range arsenal next season.

When asked about the transition from high school to college, Griffin said that "quickness, strength, athleticism, defense, and becoming a better playmaker" are parts of his game, which he is looking to improve. For those who know Kyle Griffin, putting in long hours is nothing new for the consummate "gym rat" who has worked feverishly on his game since coming to Germantown Academy after initially attending Allentown Central Catholic high school.

Recently Griffin missed several weeks with mono-like symptoms but recently returned in style scoring 21 points in his first game back against arch-rival Penn Charter on January 12th. Griffin said, "it feels great" that the recruiting process is over, and "a lot of pressure is off me" which "allows myself to have fun my senior year." So while Griffin will have his fun this season knowing he has his college plans wrapped up, he also knows it is a big step making the jump from star high school player into the rugged Atlantic 10 conference. Explorer fans will be pleased to know Griffin will put in the needed work to become an integral part of Coach John Giannini's La Salle program while living his dream of playing basketball in Philadelphia, in the Atlantic 10, and in the Big 5.

EHR would like to thank Philadelphia high school reporter Ted Silary for his courtesy in allowing the use of his vast photo library. Ted's site can be found at www.tedsilary.com

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