Boys Basketball Player of the Week (January 23): Rylan Griffen. from Richardson

Richardson’s Rylan Griffen

What he did: Griffen averaged 30.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while Richardson made it 2-0 this week. He scored 30 points, including six in the last minute as Richardson rallied from a 78-76 deficit for a road win of 85-78 at Lake Highlands – that was 23-2 and number 11 in the TABC Class 6A -ranking – on Tuesday. He also scored 30 points, including six 3-pointers, in an 82-51 win over the Jesuit on Friday in a rematch of the 2021 Class 6A Region I Finals.

Who he is: A 6-foot-5 guard/forward. Griffen signed with Alabama in November, choosing the Crimson Tide over many colleges, including Texas Tech, Kansas, Kansas State, Auburn, and Oklahoma State.

The statistics: Griffen averages 20.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He helped Richardson – the top-ranked team in The Dallas Morning News’ Class 6A area poll and the TABC ranking – set a 23-1 record, 7-0 in District 7-6A.

He said it: “What I will remember from the Lake Highlands race is how calm we were. I didn’t like that we didn’t have a big lead, but I remember confused that we were going to take the win because we were here before. When Cason (Wallace) went to Tre (Howell) for the three-pointer, I knew it had started. …I knew that Alabama’s assistant coach Bryan Hodgson was at the Jesuit game and I had to do it right. He tells me what I’ve done well and what I need to work on. … This year is for my school. I want to win everything for my school, but we’re taking one goal at a time and we have to get the district championship first.”

Trainer said it: “This is his fourth year starting for us and right around this time in the district game he always shifts his game up a gear. … I think he hates losing now more than ever. It drives him and makes him He’s always been able to score anywhere on the pitch, including the mid-range shots that a lot of people don’t do much these days, but now his defense and rebounding are off the charts.” —Kevin Lawson

Did you know? Griffen started playing basketball when he was three years old. He said his first basketball memories were watching Dirk Nowitzki, whose number 41 was retired by the Dallas Mavericks on January 5. … His favorite course in school is English, recognizing Richardson High School teacher Karen Parrish for making it fun. … Griffen is undecided on a major. After his playing days, he plans to become a basketball coach. … His favorite meal is chicken fettuccine Alfredo with fries and strawberry lemonade. … Griffen’s favorite athlete is the late Los Angeles Lakers who guards Kobe Bryant for his mental game and will to win.

Honorable Mention

Player School Class Item. remarkable
Dre Cole WT White sr. f Avg. 24.0 points when WT White went 2-0.
Gernarius Edwards forney jr. G Avg. 18.0 points if Forney went 2-0.
Tre Johnson Highlands of the Lake So. G Avg. 29.5 points when Lake Highlands went 1-1.
Jason Justice Cedar Hill sr. G Avg. 18.5 points if Cedar Hill went 2-0.
KyeRon Lindsay Denton Guyer sr. f Avg. 27.0 points if Guyer went 2-0.
Tyler Long think it over jr. f Avg. 20.5 points when Ponder went 2-0.
Deontae Marsh Bryan Adams So. G Avg. 18.0 points as Bryan Adams went 2-0.
Nikhil Prabhu Frisco Centennial jr. F/C Avg. 17.5 points as Centennial went 2-0.
Vincent Signa Prestonwood Christian sr. G Avg. 18.5 points as Prestonwood went 2-0.
Drew Steffe Frisco Monument jr. G Avg. 26.0 points as Memorial went 2-0.

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