Three point shot: shot 48% on around 3 attempts. He has good, repeatable form, albeit slightly unorthodox in the way he gets deep in his thighs with a wide base. He’s consistent from outside, and can certainly be considered a “corner-specialist”
Shot creation: He has a good feel for pacing and is great at using hesitations, shrugs, and fakes to get an open look -Mid-Range: He uses that shot creation to free himself up in the mid-range, and he knocks it down consistently. His pull-up game is nice, and he uses his long arms and a high release to get off his shot over defenders.
Defense: He has a strong frame and long arms, allowing him to excel as an on-ball defender and jump passing lanes away from it. Definitely has the potential to be a lockdown defender.
Attitude: Based on everything I’ve read and heard, Griffin is an incredible human-being that has displayed leadership by example.
Playmaking: While he’s a good passer, he doesn’t actively create for others, and definitely doesn’t operate well as the ball-handler in pick-and-roll situations.
Injuries: Has had some tough injuries that have limited his playing time throughout his young career, which leads to the final weakness->
Experience: You can definitely sense some hesitancy during certain situations, normally on the defensive end in rotations/help situations. This really seems like a product of not playing a ton because of the injuries I’ve already spoken about.
Griffin is a physical and skillful prospect with tools that translate to the NBA. He can create space for his shot, especially in the midrange, and is a crafty finisher at the rim. He shoots it consistently from the 3pt line, which he can shoot either off the dribble or off the catch. The significant improvements that Griffin can make would be his decision-making on both ends; as a ball-handler and understanding of when to distribute the ball. Also, understanding his role as a defender, using his physical ability and lateral quickness to better contest shots and negate drives.
ACC All-Honorable Mention Team (2022)
ACC All-Freshman Team (2022)
McDonald's All-American (2021)
Jordan Brand Classic (2021)
City of Palms Classic - Fort Myers, FL - 12/21/2019
If there is a reincarnation of a player Adrian Griffin Jr. resembles Jamal Mashburn. Both are quiet guys who make plenty of noise on the floor. At first glance of Griffin is his build. The junior forward, who has committed to Duke, is built like a college sophomore. He will use his strength to overpower players. In the post, Griffin's length and strength is tough for opponents to get around him. He has a nice touch around the rim to go along with his array of moves. When on the perimeter, he is capable of putting the ball on the floor making it difficult for defenders to guard him because of his jumper. Griffin's range extends to beyond the three-point line. Moving forward his ball-handling and jump must continue improving.
Iverson Classic 2021- Bartlett - TN - 5/7/2021
Makes C&S 3 in transition on the L wing. Nice drive and drop ast to the big in the dunker.
Volume Shooting Analytics:
Griffin is one of 11 shooters in this class with data that suggests he has potential to be a volume shooter. When taking one or two attempts in a game, he averages 22% from 3, and when taking 3s at the rate of an NBA volume shooter, he is projected to shoot 44%.
This data was created by AJ Wahl by ploting each game of a player's most recent season. The x-axis represents the amount of threes taken per minute, in order to normalize for minutes played. The y-axis is simply the player's three point percentage in that particular game. The line represents the trend between a player's three point volume, and their success. A upward slope means that a player gains efficiency as they shoot more often, and a downward slope means that a player loses efficiency the more shots they take. Note that 0.2 3PA/36 is roughly 7 3s, and 0.3 translates to 11 3s. Only players with an R^2 value above .04 were analyzed, to ensure that each player has at least some correlation between their attempts and their frequency.
Defensive Versatility Analytics:
AJ Griffin is in the 40th percentile of defensive versatility. He is significantly better guarding bigs than guards, athough he defends ball handlers much more often.
This data was hand-tracked by AJ Wahl and Bryon Cook. Every single defensive possesion of each player's season was analyzed. This dataset includes all possessions when the defender is guarding on-ball, in man-to-man, and against a player not within their position group who shoots the ball, is fouled, or commits a turnover. The percentile listed above is a players standing compared to their postion group calculated by compliling and weighing various different metrics derrived from the hand-tracked data. This data only measures a portion of a player's impact, but it is clear that the ability to defend out of one's position group is a vital skill to contributing to winning basketball at the professional level.