Griffin: Rutgers Felt Like Home

Rutgers basketball added another piece today with the verbal commitment of Wabash Valley junior college forward Chris Griffin. Griffin committed to Rutgers at the end of his official visit and went in-depth on why the Rutgers program and coach Mike Rice were the right fits.

Wabash Valley junior college wing Chris Griffin saw committed as a legitimate possibility before heading to Rutgers on an official visit. But after a short time on campus, his mind was made up.

Before heading home Monday morning, Griffin made his commitment official by informing coach Mike Rice that he would sign with the Scarlet Knights and help them transition into the Big Ten.

"Everything came together for me," Griffin said. "I just came to check it out and as soon as I got here there was a great vibe. Seeing the relationships with the coaches and the players, I knew it was a perfect fit for me. Once the players got back [from spring break] yesterday, I spent time with them and fit in really well."

Griffin has experience in smaller environments at Wabash Valley and a short stint at Murray State. The transition to a massive state university will be an adjustment, he said, but one that he is excited to make.

"Rutgers is a 40,000 person school, so it's different but it was a good feel," Griffin said. "It just feels like home. I don't know why, but it feels right like I was meant to play there."

Griffin is set to join the program as a perimeter defender on the wing. He has the ability to play anywhere from shooting guard to power forward and will be big in replacing Dane Miller at small forward.

"Coach Rice said that they needed a big guard to play on the wing and stretch the floor," Griffin said. "They want a big guard that can help the team better with passing skills and shooting. I'll be playing on the outside to give us more options and more size."

Relationship with a coaching staff was the top recruiting interest for Griffin during visits. He had interest spanning from Gonzaga to Auburn to Florida Gulf Coast, but settled on Rutgers because of Rice and the staff.

"Coach Rice, he's a good dude," Griffin said. "He's very passionate about the game. Some people might take it the wrong way in the public, but when you're around him and hear him talk, he's a winner. He's a great guy. He loves Rutgers. He loves basketball and his team. You can tell that he generally cares about each player individually."

Griffin is eligible to sign with Rutgers in mid-April and will be enrolled for the summer. He has two years of college eligibility remaining.

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