Coach Kevin Sutton, in a kind, yet authortative tone instructed, “Alright guys, partner up!”
It was my first workout with the group and on this cool spring night in May, I just so happened to get paired up with 6’8″ 215 pound Eric Griffin.
With his height and long arms that stretch into tomorrow, I expected Griffin to be strictly a post player. Fifteen years ago I’m sure that’s exactly where some coach would have placed him. All I can say is, I’m glad it’s not fifteen years ago!
During the workout, I was amazed at Griffin’s ball skills and his ability to shoot the rock. He literally takes jump shots from three point land! I’m talking a couple of feet off the ground JUMP SHOTS!
It’s one thing for a 6’2″ guy like myself to do that, but when you’re 6’8″, well you can understand how and why Eric Griffin took Campbell University by storm last year!
Transferring in from the community college level, Eric averaged 13.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 2.1 blocks per game, while shooting over 50% from the field, for the Fighting Camels. In February of last year, he was named Atlantic Sun Conference’s newcomer of the week (see video below) with a stat line (22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 2.5 steals and 1.5 assists) that’ll make any basketball fan say damn!
What’s just as amazing as Eric leading Campbell in points, rebounds and blocks last season, is that this, his senior season at Campbell, will be just Eric’s fifth year of organized hoops! That’s right, the guy swatting shots, raining three’s and thumping dunks on foolish defenders, played just one year of high school basketball at Boone, in Orlando, Florida.
As good as Griffin is right now, logic has everyone wondering just how good can he be? That’s a question Eric Griffin wants to find the answer to as well, which isn’t great news for opponents!
Without further ado, here is 23 questions with Campbell University’s Eric Griffin!
23 Questions With Campbell University’s Eric Griffin:
1. What sparked your interest in basketball?
Eric Griffin: About the age of 8 watching the Orlando Magic, I fell in love with the game.
2. What’s your jersey number and why do you wear it?
EG: #21, my pastor blessed me with this number.
3. Do you have a nickname?
4. Favorite Food?
EG: Hot Wings.
5. Hidden Talent (Something you’re good at that most don’t know about)?
EG: I know how to Rap lol….
6. Something you’re surprisingly really bad at?
7. Favorite Musician/Group?
EG: Lil Wayne/One-way Boys.
8. Proudest moment as a basketball player thus far?
EG: This year made six three points in one game, made player of the week, and ended the game with 27pts.
9. If you didn’t play basketball, what else would you enjoy doing?
EG: That’s a really good question. I love the game of basketball so much can’t really see myself doing anything else.
10. What advice would you have for someone looking to achieve your level of success on the court?
EG: Work hard, never let your goals fall behind, play every game like it’s your last and keep faith in God.
11. Who are your role model(s)?
EG: Mom and Grandmother.
12. What is your earliest basketball memory?
EG: First year playing basketball, my 12th grade year, making the basketball team.
13. Twitter or Facebook?
EG: Twitter (@MRCU21)
14. If you could meet any celebrity who would it be?
EG: Kevin Durant
15. What kind of basketball shoes do you wear?
EG: I don’t have a specific pair. Any shoes will work.
16. Favorite pre-game meal?
EG: P&J lol…..
17. Do you have any pre-game superstitions?
EG: A good old Nap.
18. What motivates you?
EG: My mom. Seeing her smile.
19. During an average week, how often do you play basketball and or do something related to basketball like conditioning?
EG: Every morning I start with a run and end the day with a good workout.
EG: Making it to the NBA and supporting my family.
21. How do you think you would fair today against MJ 1-on-1?
EG: Go Kobe lol….
22. How do you think you would do against Jordan in his prime? 😀
EG: Jordan was the man in his prime. It would be a good game.
23. Any advice for me for WHEN I play Jordan?
EG: Do your best and don’t let him win!
Thank You Eric Griffin!!!
I want to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to Eric Griffin for taking a few minutes away from his training and school work to be a part of the journey that is mevsMJ.com!
All the best to you this upcoming season!
You can follow Eric Griffin senior season on Twitter @MRCU21!
Video of Campbell University’s Eric Griffin:
Eric Griffin with one of the SICKEST DUNKS you will EVER see!
Me vs. Eric Griffin???
For inquiring minds, yes I will match-up with Eric after the season when he makes his way back to Orlando!
Until then, I’ll keep working on my game in preparation for my upcoming opponents and ultimately, Michael Jordan!
me vs. MJ…the journey continues!
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