Basketball Picks Up Second Commit

Immanuel Griggs had almost made up his mind before he ever made his second trip to Arkansas.

But after arriving in Jonesboro for his official visit this weekend at Arkansas State, the 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward saw all he needed.

“The love they showed me was great,’’ said Griggs, who officially committed to the Red Wolves on Sunday afternoon. He is the second commitment for the 2016 class, along with junior college guard Wilmer Johnson, who also made his official visit this weekend. Johnson committed last month.

“I could not believe they showed me the love that they did,’’ said Griggs, who was recruited by assistants Carlos Wilson and Mike Scutero. “Coach Scoot and Coach Wilson have been with me from the beginning.

“I knew this was the place I wanted to be. I know those guys will take care of me.”

Griggs had a standout prep career at Newnan (Ga.) Christian where as a senior was the second team all-Southside on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s All-Metro squad. As a senior he averaged 13.2 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks a game in Georgia’s largest classification.

After receiving attention from several high majors, grades forced Griggs to Columbus (Tenn.) State where he averaged 9.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.

He is transferring to Georgia Highland College for his sophomore season.

“It is a better fit for me and I feel like they do a better job of taking care of the athletes there,’’ he said. “One of my homies goes to school there and he was telling me about it.”

Ranked one of the top junior college forwards in the country, Griggs said the A-State coaches have been with him since the beginning and that played a big part in his commitment.