Monday, June 18, 2012

Top Departing Players #12: Laron Griffin

With the throes of the offseason all around us, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the 20 best players that are departing from the Big Sky, either due to graduating, declaring for the draft, or transferring.

One of the more underappreciated players in the Big Sky this season was big man Laron Griffin of Eastern Washington. He got overshadowed by some other guys on that team, but he was a steady, reliable player in the frontcourt for them.

He was never the focal point for the offense, but he just played a smart game. He shot 62% from the field, didn't force any shots, and didn't take anything out of his range. It shows a guy that knows his role on the offense.

Griffin did all of the little things and dirty work needed for successful teams. He was one of the best rebounders in the conference, with a 13.6 OR% (top 50 in the country) and a 20.0 DR%. He was willing do the dirty work on the glass. He was also a strong inside defender, though (like the rest of the Eagles) he fouled too much.

Griffin was the consummate role player. He did not command the ball on offense or take good shots, but simply was efficient with what was there. He was a banger that guarded the other team's best post player and took pride in his rebounding. Those types of guys are needed on all successful teams.

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