Syracuse Basketball: Gavin Griffiths, poised for rankings, a scoring beast

Several recruiting analysts have said of late that Syracuse basketball 2023 prospect Gavin Griffiths is excelling on the AAU circuit and should see his recruitment blow up in the near future.

The under-rated Griffiths, a talented 6-foot-7 wing, is a sophomore who attends the Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, Conn., and he runs with the Boston-based Expressions Elite Basketball in AAU events.

Jamie Shaw, a national analyst with Rivals.com, said in a recent piece that he anticipated Griffiths to be included in the next rankings update of that recruiting service’s top-100 prospects in the 2023 cycle. In fact, when Rivals.com recently updated its national rankings for this cycle, Griffiths checked in at No. 71.

From what I’ve read about Griffiths in recent months, I would expect him to get placed in the top-100 players overall within the 2023 class, if not higher.

Griffiths is one of numerous guys in this cycle who have received an offer from ‘Cuse coaches, and that list will definitely grow as college coaches are able to initiate direct communication with 2023 high-school prospects.

Recently, Griffiths said on his Twitter page that he received a scholarship offer from Big Ten Conference member Rutgers, a team that defeated the Orange in the non-conference portion of the 2020-21 campaign.

Syracuse basketball 2023 target Gavin Griffiths is an elite bucket-getter.

The ‘Cuse coaching staff offered Griffiths last October. He has additional offers from teams such as UMass, Siena, Bryant and Fairfield, per his Twitter page.

In his interview with Shaw, Griffiths said of the Orange, “I watch them on TV all the time, you know they are known for their 2-3 zone. We talk to their assistant coach the most, and I was really excited when the offer came. I think most of their players are tall and lanky and can shoot it pretty well. I feel I fit that mold.”

I totally concur with Griffiths’ assessment of Syracuse basketball, and I believe that he would thrive in the team’s zone defense. Besides the squads mentioned already, Stanford and fellow Atlantic Coast Conference group Notre Dame have displayed interest in Griffiths, according to the Rivals.com story.

In analyzing Griffiths’ game, Shaw said that the Orange prospect has great height, length and size for his position, he has “built his reputation as a scorer,” and Griffiths “plays with a bit of a swag as well.” His athleticism is also under-rated, Shaw said.