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Tyler Griffey is a 6-9 forward and four-star recruit from Ballwin, MO. He might also be the final ingredient to an already great recruiting class making its way to Champaign. Griffey will join guards Joseph Bertrand, Brandon Paul, and D.J. Richardson all from the Class of 2009. Griffey adds much needed size to the group and is a player that has the skill set to flourish in Bruce Weber's motion offense.
Weber has done a great job assembling some talented players in the next few recruiting classes. And each of the young men that Weber has received verbal commitments from appear to be good students and even better gentlemen. Griffey is no different. He showed that by taking the time to do a question-and-answer interview with InsideIllini.com.
Tyler what were some of the key factors in your decision for choosing Illinois?
First thing was the location. It's close to home. My family and friends will be able to come see me play, that was very important to me.
What was the recruiting process like for you with the Illinois coaching staff?
They're all great guys. I'm lucky because I was able to establish a relationship with Coach Weber and Coach Price when I was a freshman in high school. I've known them for sometime now and I like the style of play there and I have no regrets on my decision.
Compared to some of the better players in the state of Missouri, Tyler how would you compare your skill level with them?
Last year, as a sophomore, I was honorable mention All-State. This year, the awards haven't been announced but I'd like to think I'm a lot better now than in my sophomore year. I've worked hard at my game, but I know there's still a lot of work to be done.
You were being recruited by some pretty good schools: Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, and Purdue to name a few. Why is Illinois the best place for Tyler to further his basketball career?
Really, I know how good the players are Coach Weber has recruited to play with me. I know all those guys are really, really good. Bertrand, Richmond, Richardson and Paul can all play. I talk to some of them when I can but Brandon and I talk on the computer all the time.
How's your season going so far?
We play tonight. In this part of the country we've had a lot of really bad weather so they keep pushing back our games. We have some really good teams coming up in the state tournament, but if we take care of business anything could happen.
We will keep you updated on Griffey's season and when it concludes, we plan to keep track of his summer play and visits to Champaign.
Scout.com's profile: Power forward cut from the face-up mold. Has a good looking stroke to mid-range and can, at times, extend it further. Strength and aggressiveness need to get cranked up as he moves up in level. Will play high-major basketball. Has the body to carry more weight.
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