Friday reading: Washington Post feature on Nick Griffin

The Washington Post has a feature piece on 2013-14 recruit Nick Griffin today, one that describes how his pure shooting skills were the catalyst behind his offer from head coach Mike Lonergan to join the Colonials.

The piece, written by Eric Detweiler, includes the moment assistant coach Pete Strickland decided to offer Griffin his scholarship – after the high school senior knocked down 10 straight treys at an October 2011 shooting practice. The article focuses on how Griffin refined his shot, going from a freshman who scored zero three-pointers to a senior that “might be the area’s top high school three-point marksman.”

“Along the way, Griffin would — and still does — count each made basket, usually attempting to reach 500 before the end of a session, which can take up to two hours,” Detweiler wrote.

The piece also quotes Lonergan, who says that the incoming recruit needs to improve his defensive play, as well as his ball handling skills, but that he was sold on Griffin’s, who is Magruder’s all-time leading scorer, commitment to improving.

“He’s a gym rat,” Lonergan told the Post, “and we thought if he had that work ethic and commitment he would keep getting better as he gets older.”

The Post’s feature includes a video on Griffin, which you can watch below:

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