Tyree Griffin Says OSU Is The Place For Him

Tyree Griffin likes the fact that not only did he help Landry-Walker High School capture the Louisiana Class 4A state championship earlier this month but that the title will be remembered for years to come. The 5-10 point guard will play at Oklahoma State next season after leading Landry-Walker to a 35-5 record and the state title this past season.

Griffin, who committed to the Cowboys last week and will sign with OSU during the April signing period, had 15 points, six assists and four rebounds to earn Most Outstanding Player honors in the Charging Buccaneers' 76-56 victory over East Jefferson in the 4A state championship game of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's Top 28 Boys Basketball Tournament earlier this month.

"It means a lot to me because my school and another school merged this year, and this was the first state championship. I think I'll go down in history because I brought the first state championship to the school. That's something no one else will ever be able to say they did at Landry-Walker," said Griffin, who finished with 25 points and six assists in his team's 62-50 semifinal victory over St. Thomas More.

In the semifinal win, he was four of five on 3-pointers (and six of seven overall from the field) and made 9 of 10 free throws (including seven in the fourth quarter to sew up the win).

Landry-Walker was in its first year of LHSAA membership after L.B. Landry and O. Perry Walker high schools merged.

The 5-10, 165-pound becomes the second point guard in the Cowboys recruiting class. Junior college point guard Jeff Newberry, who averaged 13.5 points and 3.8 assists in leading New Mexico Junior College to a 27-7 record and berth in the NJCAA National Tournament, signed with OSU during the November signing period.

Griffin was named this week at the All-Metro Player of the Year for large schools from Classes 5A and 4A by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Charging Buccaneers.

He originally committed to Texas-El Paso but decided not to sign with the Miners in November. That's when Oklahoma State, Marquette and Texas A&M began pursuing the Louisiana standout.

"I really wasn't comfortable after going on my visit (to UTEP). I knew I wasn't going to like that for four years. I just waited my options out, and I think I got the school that I wanted," Griffin said on Saturday. "I waited it out … I knew I did the right thing because I might come in and play right away.

"I did research on the school, and the school had a couple of guys leaving at my position, and I think I can come in and play that position. I think I can help the team. I really like how (the Cowboys) play. They play fast, and play pick-and-roll basketball, and I think that's my kind of basketball," added Griffin, who has yet to visit Oklahoma State but hopes to set up an official visit in the near future.

The Cowboys began pursuing Griffin after freshman point guard Stevie Clark was dismissed from the team in early February. Knowing that Marcus Smart would be leaving for the NBA, and without Clark, head coach Travis Ford knew he needed to bring in more than just one point guard next season.

"That's when their recruiting got more serious, and I knew they really needed me at the point guard position. I think they saw a player who is comfortable with the ball running the point guard, and I think they started recruiting my hard when Stevie Clark was kicked off the team," said Griffin.

He describes his game as, "on the court I get my teammates involved a lot. I'm not really a scoring point guard but I can score if I have to. I think I'm an all-around passer who likes to get my teammates involved.

"They kept telling me while they were recruiting me that they need a point guard. They think I'm ready and they can trust me, and I think they're going to get that out of my this year. I'm up for the challenge," said Griffin, whose Twitter handle is "babyjesus315," a combination of his nickname and the area code for New Orleans.

Griffin has a fan in Landry-Walker head coach Brian Gibson.

"I think Tyree has an unbelievable IQ in basketball,'' Gibson said in a story published in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "His basketball IQ is extremely high. He's one of the most driven athletes I've ever been around. He's a tremendous leader."

The high school senior is often compared to former New Orleans high school and University of New Orleans standout Bo McCalebb, who is Griffin's older brother. McCalebb currently plays professionally for Fenerbahçe Ülker in Turkey.

"The beautiful thing about Tyree's skill set is it's very similar to his big brother,'' Gibson told the Times-Picayune. "Tyree has what most basketball people would call ‘an old man's game.' He understands how to take body contact. He knows how to separate himself. But the difference between he and Bo is his ability to step out and hit the jump shot.

"For Bo McCalebb that probably came later in his career. Tyree actually has the total package. He's a tremendous defender. He's always defended our opponent's best player.

"On top of that he has great ball handling skills. He's a high assist guy. And he's a tremendous scorer. So he's the total package in my opinion. There are very few weaknesses in his game. I think all of that is aided by his tremendous drive. He's a driven young man. I think he's shown that this year.''

Other stories on Griffin:
Tyree Griffin looks to lead deep Landry-Walker to state championship: New Orleans Times-Picayune

Landry-Walker point guard Tyree Griffin commits to Oklahoma State: New Orleans Times-Picayune

Landry-Walker's Tyree Griffin commits to Oklahoma State: Baton Rouge Advocate

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