Adrian Darnell “AJ” Griffin Jr. (born August 25, 2003) is an American college basketball player for the Duke Blue Devils of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Aj Griffin: Injury Update, Ankle Injury, History, High School
AJ Griffin collapsed to the floor with 8:24 to play in the second half of Duke’s win over Michigan State after coming down hard on his left leg and the Blue Devils up 63-61.
After being treated on the court by the team’s head athletic trainer Jose Fonseca, the freshman starter was assisted on the bench by his teammates and coached by coach K. In the next few minutes, the Spartans took a 70-65 lead.
Duke regained his composure down the stretch to end the Spartans with a 13-2 run, in game Griffin’s loss could stall in the team’s Sweet 16 matchup against Texas Tech on Thursday night.
As CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander explained after the game, if Griffin isn’t able to go on Thursday, it widens the margin for error for the Blue Devils’ team that has been going through narrow wins in recent competitions.
“Not having him definitely lowers Duke’s overall ceiling as a team,” Norlander said.
“And then there’s an offensively hot and deadly three-point shooter as Griffin as Duke. So yes, it will significantly affect their national title hopes if they can’t. But then , we will have to wait and see how badly he is injured and if this will be a long term thing or if he will be assessed on a day to day basis.”
Griffin’s path was never straight. In recent years, it seemed like he was always fighting an uphill battle when it came to his basketball career.
His unique skill set put him on the radar of top college basketball programs around the country early in his high school career.
And it only took one and a half university seasons to get offers from Blue Bloods, college hoops like Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky.
Griffin played basketball for Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York.
Griffin is one of a slew of talented Duke players in the mocks. Bleacher Report has freshman big man Paolo Banchero at No. 3, sophomore center Mark Williams at 23, junior wing Wendell Moore at 31 and freshman guard Trevor Keels at 42.
That group is trying to help Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski win his sixth NCAA championship in his final year at the helm.
Massaroni regularly hears from a number of NBA teams regarding Griffin, an Ossining, N.Y. native who doesn’t turn 19 until August.
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