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Eddie Griffin out of Seton Hall
College: Seton Hall
Height: 6'-9"
Weight: 210
Class: Freshman
Birth Date: May 30, 1982
Age: 38 years, 178 days old
HomeTown: Philadelphia, PA
NBA Comparison: Tim Duncan Notes on Eddie Griffin
Many felt Eddie Griffin was going to jump to the NBA straight out of high school. They were off by a year. In just one season at Seton Hall, the 6'9" Griffin has established himself as one of the nation's top players, averaging 17.8 points and 10.8 rebounds. As a freshman he led the country in blocks at 4.5 a contest. Thinly framed at 210 pounds, Griffin is a trmendous leaper that has scouts and GM's praying to get his rebounding and shot-blocking talent on their roster.

"Eddie Griffin is one of the best players to come onto the college scene in the last 20 years," said Sportsline's George Rodecker.

Strengths of Eddie Griffin
Does it all inside. Puts up numbers in scoring, rebounding and is an exceptional shot blocker. Plays well with his back to the basket and his footwork around the hoop draws praise. Handles the ball real well and is athletic -- can get around other power forwards very well. As good as he is inside, he's got a sweet stroke from the outside as well. Graceful and powerful. Runs the break extremely well and finishes just as good. Has the tools to become a superstar on the next level.
Weaknesses of Eddie Griffin
The big question mark is character/attitude. Griffin was suspended for punching teammate Ty Shine (reportedly because Shine didn't feed him the ball enough - nice) in the locker room after a loss to Georgetown. Had the same question mark in high school where he was expelled for starting a fight in the school cafeteria.
Griffin on the Rockets?
If you're a Rocket fan turning down a chance to get a prospect like Eddie Griffin, you're either crazy or you're Maurice Taylor. Griffin can play the 3 and 4 and is simply masterful on the boards and returning shots to sender. Though the Rockets won't get high enough to get him, he would instantly become a large part of the foundation of the franchise along with Steve Francis. Lone problem being his character questions since the Rockets pride themselves on their terrific chemistry.