LITTLE ROCK - There are probably not very many athletes in the state of Arkansas looking forward to the AAA's mandated time off from team activities more than Dumas junior-to-be standout Darion Griswold.
In addition to being an integral part of the Arkansas Wings' 16-and-under basketball team, the 6-5, 240-pound prospect is the quarterback for his team and thus involved in a lot of 7-on-7 events.
"It starts on Monday, but then again I'll just go out and work on my own to get better," Griswold said. "I'll just have to find a couple of guys to play catch with."
He was certainly doing that on Friday as Dumas was one of 24 teams participating in the fifth annual Shootout of the South 7-on-7 event at Mighty Bluebird Soccer Fields.
The top teams on Friday were Fayetteville (5-0), Texas squads Allen (5-0) and Arlington Bowie (4-0-1), Pine Bluff (4-1), Pulaski Academy (4-1) and Nashville (4-1).
Bracket play begins on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Griswold, whose team went 1-4 on the first day of the two-day event and is drawing interest from Arkansas for both sports, has been able to be at all of his football and basketball contests so far this summer.
"Every event we have played I have been there so far," Griswold said. "I was in North Little Rock yesterday. I have been everywhere they have been as far as 7-on-7."
Griswold joins Fayetteville's Brandon Allen and Shiloh Christian's Kiehl Frazier as the top 2011 quarterback prospects in Arkansas.
He threw for 2,114 yards and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore while rushing for 483 yards and 7 more scores.
Griswold is focused on one weakness.
"My footwork," Griswold said. "Sometimes I get in a rush throwing the ball without getting my feet set and it comes out as a bad throw. Footwork and speed."
He believes the 7-on-7 really helps his team.
"It helps the team concentrate more because as the time runs down you get to thinking we have got to rush," Griswold said. "But you learn to take your time and it's okay. We are kind of a young team so we have time and room to improve."
Even though Dumas lost a lot of seniors, Griswold is optimistic about this upcoming season.
"I want to make it big," Griswold said. "I want to go to the state finals. We lost 18 seniors. That's both a good thing and kind of a bad thing."
Griswold averaged 14.2 points and 6.2 rebounds last season for the Dumas basketball team.
He has had an excellent spring and early summer with the 16-and-under Wings, who won the Memorial Day Classic in Suwanee, Ga.
"We played pretty good and it was against great competition," Griswold said. "We just fought and played together as a team and that helped us win the tournament."
It is a team loaded with most of the best 2011 hoops prospects in the state, including University of Arkansas commit Aaron Ross, Hunter Mickelson, Ky Madden, David Rivers, Mica Delph and Shelton Baird.
"We are not too big on who starts, it doesn't really matter to us," Griswold said. "We have guys that come off the bench that could start, but it just gives us more pressure on the other team when we come off the bench."
A new NCAA rule has kept the college basketball coaches off the road so far, but they will get out in January.
"I am looking forward to it," Griswold said. "It's going to be tough recruiting and I want to play well."
Griswold has not made a decision on which sport he will play in college, but has decided it won't be both.
"My uncle has told me that he thinks it would be real, real hard to do both in college because football season goes off into basketball season," Griswold said. "It will be kind of tough, but I have to choose one."
Griswold is getting interest from several BCS schools in both of his sports.
"Arkansas is one of the big ones and Louisiana Tech is one of the newest ones," Griswold said. "In basketball (only), I have like Oklahoma and Kentucky. For football, I've got like Texas A&M and Texas."
As with football, he is looking at improving in basketball.
"As a power forward, I have to get stronger and develop more moves," Griswold said. "As a small forward, I have to work on my ball-handling and my quickness. I am pretty strong going to the hole, but I have got to work on my finishing."
"We play in Augusta, Georgia in early July and it is suppose to be a big-time deal," Griswold said.
Greene County Tech 1-4-1
LR Hall 0-5
Arlington Bowie 4-0-1
Pulaski Academy 4-1
Watson Chapel 2-3
North Little Rock 4-1
Rogers Heritage 3-2
Lake Hamilton 3-2
Fountain Lake 2-3
Pulaski Robinson 0-4
Pine Bluff 4-1
Arkansas Baptist 2-3
HS Lakeside 2-3
Captain Shreve 1-3-1
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Nashville 30, Green County Tech 9
Allen 35, Little Rock Hall 14
Russellville 21, CAC 21
Lake Hamilton 22, Pulaski Robinson 9
Fountain Lake 20, North Little Rock 8
Rogers Heritage 23, Magnolia 16
HS Lakeside 28, Captain Shreve 23
Pine Bluff 35, Mayflower 30
Fayetteville 35, Arkansas Baptist 28
Pulaski Academy 39, Harrisburg 20
Allen 39, Nashville 9
North Little Rock 28, Lake Hamilton 26
Greenbrier 35, Watson Chapel 30
Russellville 38, LR Hall 0
CAC 21, GCT 7
Pulaski Academy 30, Dumas 21
Pine Bluff 29, Captain Shreve 9
Rogers Heritage 35, Fountain Lake 28
Magnolia 30, Pulaski Robinson 7
Fayetteville 41, Mayflower 21
Arlington Bowie 27, Greenbrier 23
Russellvile 34, GCT 7
Arkansas Baptist 25, HS Lakeside 14
Watson Chapel 48, Harrisburg 16
Nashville 25, LR Hall 0
North Little Rock 21, Magnolia 7
Captain Shreve 23, Mayflower 23 (tie)
Allen 39, CAC 9
Lake Hamilton 30, Fountain Lake 28
Rogers Heritage 39, Pulaski Robinson 7
Arlington Bowie 30, Watson Chapel 20
Dumas 28, Harrisburg 15
Nashville 35, Russellville 34
Fayetteville 37 , HS Lakeside 21
Pine Bluff 37, Arkansas Baptist 21
Lake Hamilton 28, Rogers Heritage 23
Arlington Bowie 35, Dumas 28
Pulaski Academy 21, Greenbrier 14
Allen 32, GCT 14
CAC 23, LR Hall 9
North Little Rock 42, Pulaski Robinson 14
Magnolia 30, Fountain Lake 28
Fayetteville 28, Captain Shreve 14
Pine Bluff 29, HS Lakeside 28
Arkansas Baptist 35, Mayflower 28
Pulaski Academy 23, Watson Chapel 14
Nashville 41, CAC 20
Arlington Bowie 28, Harrisburg 28
Greenbrier 16, Dumas 14
Allen 44, Russellville 7
North Little Rock 28, Rogers Heritage 21
Magnolia 28, Lake Hamilton 25
Little Rock Hall 24, GCT 14
Fountain Lake 27, Pulaski Robinson 11
Captain Shreve 21, Arkansas Baptist 14
Fayetteville 42, Pine Bluff 34
Arlington Bowie 21, Pulaski Academy 16
Watson Chapel 30, Dumas 21
Greenbrier 44, Harrisburg 19
HS Lakeside 35, Mayflower 28
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