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An AJ Griffin Profile

It’s not out of the question that Griffin could be Duke’s best freshman.

NCAA Basketball: Duke Countdown to Craziness
Oct 15, 2021; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward AJ Griffin (21) dances after being introduced during Duke Countdown to Craziness at Cameron Indoor Stadium. 
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Everything we’ve seen about AJ Griffin so far screams NBA player. He’s got the size, athleticism and versatility to excel at that level.

We’ll just have to wait a while to see it in a Duke uniform.

Griffin is currently recovering from a knee injury, apparently a sprain, and should be back around the start of the season.

He’s going to be exciting to watch and could be much better than people expect - and he’s expected to be good. Here’s an excerpt from a profile the Duke Chronicle is running:

“Now transitioning to the collegiate level, Griffin should continue his defensive success due to his size and natural athleticism. His ability to guard multiple positions and disrupt passing lanes makes him a truly versatile wing prospect, and he has already proven to be an efficient shooter. Should his deep ball develop further, Griffin would become even tougher to guard. His natural talent and high basketball IQ mean that Griffin has a high ceiling with the Blue Devils.”

Clearly - as long as he’s healthy.

Also, we missed this one but here’s a profile on fellow freshman Jaylen Blakes as well. Here’s some of what the Chronicle had to say about Blakes:

“Blakes is a solid all-around guard. His 3-point shooting and driving ability are strong, meaning he can score from anywhere. He is also incredibly quick, as he can beat defenders with his first step. While not very big, his speed and athleticism, along with great ball handling, make him hard to stop.”