Coming into July, Griffin McKenzie had a lot to prove. After playing well in a lot of high profile events, the versatile 6'9 power forward from Cincinnati Moeller is preparing to take official visits. Griffin has offers from Northwestern, Xavier, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Ohio State and has lined up three official visits so far."I'll be visiting Northwestern on August 20th, Wake Forest on August 28th, and Vanderbilt on September 4th," said McKenzie. "It's also possible I might take one to Xavier after I take those visits, and I'm leaving the last one open to any school that catches my eye."
McKenzie visited Xavier unofficially last Friday and came away impressed with the visit."The visit went really well," said McKenzie. "I've been there multiple times for games already when Coach Miller was there, and now this visit was the best I've had. I got a chance to get to know the new staff more."
Tennessee would also like to get Griffin on campus for a visit in the near future."Coach Pearl called me today and they are trying to get me down on campus for an official visit," said McKenzie.
Griffin is looking for a program that can help him develop as a player and a student. He will likely make a decision in early September."I'm looking for a school where I can play the best competition night-in and night-out that also has high academics," explained McKenzie. "I'm looking to play in the NCAA Tournament every year and win a lot of games."
Northwestern, the first of Griffin's visits, has a lot of positives."It's a high academic school that is very prestigious," said McKenzie. "The system they run is good for me and my skill set, and the school fits what I am looking for as a student and an athlete."
Wake Forest is also high on Griffin's list for a lot of similar reasons."It's a great school academically and athletically and I like the prestige of their basketball program," Griffin explained. "I would like to play at the highest level of basketball you can play."
Vanderbilt, the third visit Griffin has lined up also brings a lot to the table."Coach Stallings has had a lot of success and he is there for the long haul," said McKenzie. "They look to run their offense through a skilled four-man and I also like what they've done with their recruiting classes coming in."
Although playing top competition and getting a good education are important to Griffin, there are other factors that will also come into play with his decision."I want to have a strong relationship with the head coach, feel comfortable around the players and find a school that can develop me as a player," said McKenzie.
As an incoming freshman, Griffin feels he can contribute right away."I can make an impact shooting the ball and with my rebounding ability," said McKenzie. "I'm a big guy who can do a lot of different things."
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