Griffin McKenzie is Being Watched

Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller finished the season #1 ranked in the State of Ohio and #8 overall in the USA Today national poll. However, Moeller was upset 48–45 by Trotwood Madison in the district finals at U.D. Arena. If the Crusaders get back to the top spot in the state polls during the 2008-09 campaign, it will be with the help of 2010 power forward Griffin McKenzie.

Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller finished the season #1 ranked in the State of Ohio and #8 overall in the USA Today national poll. However, Moeller was upset 48–45 by Trotwood Madison in the district finals at U.D. Arena. If the Crusaders get back to the top spot in the state polls during the 2008-09 campaign, it will be with the help of 2010 power forward Griffin McKenzie.

During this past season, the 6-9, 210 McKenzie caught the eyes of many as he was varsity as a sophomore for one of the nation's top basketball teams. Playing a support role with seniors Quinn McDowell and Michael Davenport, both of whom signed with NCAA Division I schools, McKenzie averaged 3.1 points per game as well as 2.4 rebounds. Considered by Prep Spotlight Magazine as the #2 power forward in the 2010 class behind Jefferson's Adriean Payne, McKenzie's time to shine is now.

Per his father Greg, Griffin McKenzie transferred to Moeller from the Northern Kentucky area so that his son could play baseball. However, shortly after arriving at Moeller, McKenzie was convinced to focus on basketball.

McKenzie is not your prototypical back to the basket power forward. While he certainly has the ability to finish strong in the post, McKenzie also has a strong outside shot. He shot 49.1% from the field and 37.5% from behind the arc. Most impressive for a big man is his 75% free throw shooting.

This summer McKenzie switched from one strong AAU program to another. In 2007, it was All-Ohio Red, one of the best AAU teams in the nation. But for 2008, his is playing up a year with 17U All-Ohio Force. All-Ohio Force features Allen Roberts, Bill Edwards, Jr., Matt Kavanaugh (Dayton commit), and Zach Brown (committed to Lipscomb). At the state AAU championship in Sharonville, Ohio, McKenzie helped his team finish fourth overall.

At the AAU state championships, RedHawk Insider got an opportunity to talk with his father Greg about his Griffin's recruiting. His father mentioned that he already has an offer from Cincinnati. He mentioned that his son has strong interest in Vanderbilt and Xavier. Wisconsin is another program McKenzie is considering. He has already taken a visit to Vanderbilt and watched a game from Vandy's historic gym.

Miami is another program showing interest says Griffin's father. He mentioned that his son has been getting calls from fellow Moeller graduate and current Miami assistant coach Jason Grunkemeyer. He added Miami coaches have also been evaluating his son at open gyms. Given the interest Miami is already showing Griffin McKenzie, it would not be surprising to see Miami offer him a scholarship in the future.


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