When Grand Prairie, Texas, South Grand Prairie small forward Cameron McGriff describe his game, it seems ready made for Arkansas.
That’s one of the reasons that McGriff (6-7, 215) has plans to take an unofficial visit to Arkansas on Sept. 4-6 ahead of one to Oklahoma State on Sept. 11-13.
“I love to run the floor, attack the rim and either dunk it or get fouled and go to the free throw line and also I play very intense defense,” McGriff said. “I’m a high energy guy who gives his all out there on the court and will do anything I can to help my team win.
“I think I could be a player for them right away when I get there and I think I would fit the Arkansas system really well."
McGriff, who plans to sign in the November early signing period, has offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas, Creighton, Oklahoma and Tulsa and also is getting interest from Kansas, Virginia Tech and other schools.
“I may also visit Miami, but my mom really doesn’t want me to be too far from her so that is one of the reasons that Arkansas and Oklahoma State are my main two schools right now,” McGriff said. “I just can see myself fitting in very well with those two schools more than I can some others.”
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson has certainly tried to sell McGriff – a four-star prospect per ESPN.com and a three-star prospect per Scout.com - on the Razorbacks.
“He has talked to me about how they are going to sign a big class and that I have the opportunity to come in and play and make an impact right away,” McGriff said. “I love the Arkansas coaches.
“Coach Anderson is a great coach and somebody that cares about the person as well as the player. He has had success everywhere he has been and he has Arkansas in a position to get back to being a traditional power like it used to be.
“They had a great season last year, had a couple of players go to the NBA and I think they are going to have a great recruiting class and keep it going.”
McGriff averaged a team-leading 11.8 points, 7.7 rebounds last season and 1.6 assists per game.
He only attempted two 3-pointers last season and that was an area of his game that he worked on during the AAU spring and season while playing for the Urban DFW.
“The biggest thing I worked on this summer was my outside shooting and playing AAU allows me to do that,” McGriff said. “In high school ball, I just played mostly inside and close to the basket and got my points that way and running the floor.”
The high point of their summer was taking the Great American Shootout championship with a 81-57 win over EliteBB Family in the title game.
McGriff had 13 point in the championship game and impressed USA Today’s Jim Hailey.
“McGriff, a 6-7 senior from Grand Prairie, Texas, is an explosive finisher in traffic and a nice wing who has improved his outside shot,” Hailey wrote after the NBA Top 100 camp that McGriff was invited to attend in June.
South Grand Prairie not only boasts McGriff, but 6-10 USC commit Harrison Henderson, who averaged 11 points and 6.9 rebounds last season.
They went only 16-16 last season and lost in the first round of the state playoffs, but are expected to be more of a state title threat this season.
"We should be really good this season as we have a lot of talent coming back and we are really hungry,” McGriff said. “I am ready to get this recruiting out of the way and get ready to go win a state championship.”