Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Griffith was Electric at Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament

Rayvon Griffith-6'5" WF 2023 Cincinnati
We’ve heard his name and we’ve read about his game, and from what we saw from Rayvon Griffith (6’5”/WF/2023/Cincinnati) this past weekend at the Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament, he has a chance to be a big time prospect going forward!  Running with Orangemen Elite this past weekend, Griffith enjoyed significant individual success, but he also helped lead his Orangemen Elite squad to an 8th grade Gold Championship. 

Griffith, only an 8th grader, already has great length, athleticism and has a big time motor.  In addition, he’s an elite athlete who is explosive, quick off his feet, and his quick second jump allows him to rebound at a high level. Griffith is not only an effective rim protector; he’s great in transition and he finishes at the rim at a high rate.  According to his coach, Griffith’s “game starts with defenses.  He is an energy guy who continues to work on his offensive skill set." Clearly, Griffith deserves his top 10 national ranking, and he already projects as a high major prospect.  College coaches would do well to track Griffith early!

Chandler Starks & DeSean Crim
Speaking of the Orangemen Elite team, Griffith’s front court teammate, Chandler Starks (6’5”/C/2023/Cincinnati) is a D-I prospect as well.  Starks has good size, a strong frame and he moves well side to side and up and down the court.  Moreover, Starks defends the rim, rebounds well and because of his skill set, he is an effective low post scorer.  According to his coach, Starks wears a size 18 shoes and is one of the youngest players on his team.  Additionally, doctors have projected Starks to grow to 7 feet. In all likelihood, Starks will be recruited at the mid to high major D-I level as well if he continues to grow and to develop!

We also loved the Orangemen’s backcourt with guys like Deshawne Crim (6’0”/SG/2023/Cincinnati), Kanye Moreland (5’10”/CG/2023/Cincinnati), Alexander Parks (5’8”/CG/2023/Cincinnati) and Riley Woods (5’6”/PG/2023/Cincinnati).  Three of the guards are strong, athletic, play hard and excel at getting to the rim and finishing, while Woods is more of a facilitator, play maker and floor general. Crim may be the best of the four as evidenced by his All-Tournament Team selection.  Crim is quick, skilled and knows how to get into the paint and create or score.  We would not be surprised to see Crim playing college basketball in a few years as well. Finally, with their success this weekend, Orangemen Elite has ascended to the top of the Buckeye Prep Power Rankings as the #1 team in the state.  We intend to keep and eye on this team going forward.

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