Syracuse Basketball: Prediction made for 4-star wing, top-30 overall player

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Consensus four-star wing Gavin Griffiths, who was offered early on in his recruitment by Syracuse basketball, is rated in the top-30 across the country within the 2023 class by multiple recruiting services.

His offer sheet has grown to around 20 from a range of high-major programs. The Orange offered the 6-foot-7 shooting guard/small forward back in October of 2020.

In all honestly, I can’t tell how much of a contender the ‘Cuse is for Griffiths these days. He’s spoken highly of the Syracuse basketball program on a bunch of occasions in interviews, but my sense is that perhaps Griffiths is more focused on other suitors at this juncture in his recruiting process.

To that end, a prediction has been logged for Griffiths in the direction of Big Ten Conference member Rutgers on the 247Sports Web site. This projection has a low confidence level, so let’s see how things play out here.

Syracuse basketball may be a long shot at this point for four-star wing Gavin Griffiths.

Griffiths was a total star in his junior season at the Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, Conn., as he averaged 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists per contest during the 2021-22 stanza.

For his performance, he was named the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (“NEPSAC”) Class B Player of the Year for 2021-22.

On the AAU circuit, Griffiths runs with the Boston-based Expressions Elite Basketball in Nike’s EYBL league.

As we’ve noted in prior columns on him, Griffiths had previously officially visited Iowa and also made unofficial visits to UConn, Providence and Rutgers, according to media reports.

Pro Insight director of scouting Andrew Slater tweeted out not too long ago that Griffiths had mapped out official visits to Rutgers on May 7-9, Virginia Tech on June 3-5 and Michigan on June 14-16.

Besides Syracuse basketball, he has received offers from teams such as Michigan, LSU, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Creighton, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Providence, Xavier, Kansas State, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Dayton, Rutgers, Bryant, Fairfield, Hofstra, UMass and Siena.

Several of the main recruiting services rate Griffiths as a top-10 shooting guard/small forward in his class, as well as the No. 1 player in Connecticut.

On a national scale, he checks in at No. 15 from On3, No. 26 from ESPN, No. 28 from, No. 33 from the industry-generated On3 Consensus, No. 34 from the industry-generated 247Sports Composite and No. 63 from 247Sports.

Per a recent piece from 247Sports director of scouting Adam Finkelstein, Griffiths didn’t get to play in AAU games during NCAA live periods in April due to an eye injury, but the scout says that Griffiths “should be poised to make a big jump during the summer.”

"Finkelstein writes in part that Griffiths “is one of the truly elite shot-makers in the class. He’s as close to automatic when in rhythm from behind the three-point line as anyone I’ve seen, but more than that, he’s also evolved into a tough shot-maker who can bury contested looks off the dribble or with a hand in his face.”"

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