Athlete of the Week: Lauryn Griffin

Athlete of the Week: Lauryn Griffin

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Athlete of the Week: Lauryn Griffin

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Athlete of the Week: Lauryn Griffin, senior, A.I. du Pont girls basketball

THE WEEK: Scored eight points in a 58-42 victory over Newark last Tuesday. Added 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 68-33 win over William Penn on Thursday as the eighth-ranked Tigers improved to 11-2 overall, 6-0 in Blue Hen Flight A.

THE STRENGTH: Griffin reached 1,000 career points in a 52-45 victory at Hodgson on Jan. 12. Her scoring average has dipped from 16.5 points per game on a 10-11 team last season to 11.1, as freshman guard Ber’Nyah Ward-Mayo (18.1 ppg) has made an immediate impact. But that is fine with Griffin. “I think I pass the best,” she said. “I try to get my teammates involved. I try to make them better and make our team better.”

THE LEADERSHIP: “She tries to teach the younger kids where to be,” A.I. du Pont coach Tracy Howell said. “She shares the ball. She overpasses sometimes. She’s just overcaring.”

THE IMPROVEMENT: “I tried to work on my left hand some, and I definitely tried to work on my shooting more,” Griffin said of preparing for her senior season.

THE VERSATILITY: “Just a great player to have,” Howell said. “She can shoot the ball, she’s very athletic, she plays the whole entire game without a sub, and she plays hard.”

THE ROLE: “This year, she knows her role and she doesn’t try to overdo it,” Howell said. “I think in the previous years, she’s had to do everything. Now she’s realizing, ‘I have help, I don’t have to do as much,’ so she makes much better decisions.”

THE CLASSROOM: Griffin’s favorite subject is Accounting. “I like numbers, I like math,” she said.

THE FUTURE: Griffin has committed to continue her basketball career at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., which won the NCAA Division II championship in 2014 and reached the national semifinals last season. “I know I’ve got to step up and do things better and work hard because next year I’m going to go to the next level and I’m going to have to compete with better competition,” she said.

Send Athlete of the Week nominations to Brad Myers at bmyers@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ

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A.I. duPont's Lauryn Griffin poses for a portrait int the locker room at A.I. duPont High School in Greenville on Monday afternoon.

A.I. duPont’s Lauryn Griffin poses for a portrait int the locker room at A.I. duPont High School in Greenville on Monday afternoon.

A.I. duPont's Lauryn Griffin laughs as she poses for a portrait int the locker room at A.I. duPont High School in Greenville on Monday afternoon.

A.I. duPont’s Lauryn Griffin laughs as she poses for a portrait int the locker room at A.I. duPont High School in Greenville on Monday afternoon.

A.I. duPont's Lauryn Griffin poses for a portrait int the locker room at A.I. duPont High School in Greenville on Monday afternoon.

A.I. duPont’s Lauryn Griffin poses for a portrait int the locker room at A.I. duPont High School in Greenville on Monday afternoon.

A.I. duPont's Lauryn Griffin poses for a portrait int the locker room at A.I. duPont High School in Greenville on Monday afternoon.

A.I. duPont’s Lauryn Griffin poses for a portrait int the locker room at A.I. duPont High School in Greenville on Monday afternoon.

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