A.J. Griffin is one of the bigger names in 2021 and has boosted his stock even more since playing a key role in winning a Gold Medal in the FIBA U16 Americas. He spoke to Prep Circuit about this experience, adding blue-blood offers & more.
Q: What was it like making the USA team? Describe that experience.
A: “That’s one thing I had on my mind when I got on the roster and I was like this is amazing that I’m one of the kids that made this team. I just felt lucky to be there.”
Q: You guys eventually won the gold medal. What was it like to be a part of that?
A: “It was a fun experience and all of that hard work during the training camp really paid off. To get the gold medal with those group of kids was a lot of fun.”
Q: You received a lot of attention on June 15th. How did you deal with all of that attention?
A: “That was a good experience and I guess you can say we knew it was coming. To develop a relationship with coaches and get to talk to them was a good experience. Getting all those offers in one day was a dream come true.”
Q: Who has been hitting you up the most consistently since that date?
A: “I would say Pittsburgh and Duke.”
Q: Duke offered on the 15th. What were Coach K and Duke coaching staff’s message?
A: “They just told me I have a really special talent and I can accomplish my desired goals.”
Q: Kansas was another school to extend an offer to you. What do you like about the Jayhawks?
A: “I like their fan base and all of their coaches. I like the relationship we’ve built from the time we first started talking to them.”
Q: Which schools are expressing heavy interest in you now?
A: “Kentucky and North Carolina are expressing heavy interest in me right now.”
Q: What are thoughts with your decision? Do you plan on taking your time with it?
A: “I’m just taking my time with it because I don’t really want to make an early decision. I want to see all my options and definitely take visits to see their environment and campus.”
Otega Oweh, a class of 2022 wing from Rutgers Prep (NJ), has picked up an offer from UPenn.