Houston Texas is a hotbed for hoops right now and the next phenom in a long line of talent is Derrick “D-RAB” Griffin. This kid is a absolute “Freak Of Nature” possessing the body and athleticism of a 2 to 3 year college player right now as a sophomore in high school. Most scouting services have him ranked in the top 20 in the country in the 2013 class. At the end of the day his current status among scouting services might not do him justice. You would be hard pressed to find a kid his age that can affect the game on both ends of the court the way he does. He is just 9 games into his sophomore year and is putting up astonishing numbers to a tune of 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 blocks a game. He has had 3 triple doubles in the last 4 games with games of 18 pts 19 reb 10 blks, 13 pts 10 reb 10 blks, and 12 pts 10 reb 10 blks, all coming from a 6’7 210 pound small forward. In the early season he has wowed crowds around the Houston area with his rim rattling dunks and his out of this world toughness and fire. This is a kid that your not ever going to have to worry about him competing and playing hard. Most people around the country dont know it but the kid is just as good a football prospect as he is basketball and this is where his immense toughness comes from. Talking to Coach Jackson at Terry High School he has told me that Derrick is a coaches dream and that he looks for him to guide his team to great success over the course of the next few years. Folks we could be looking at future pro in the years to come as this kid continues to develope and expand his game. I am also hearing that he could potentially grow a couple more inches which would put him in the mold of a young Josh Smith. Stay tuned fans as you could be looking at one of basketballs next elite athletes.
1). Do you have a top 10 list of schools?
It’s really early, but right now I’d say some of my favorites are Arizona, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Florida.
2). What position do you see yourself playing in college?
Small Forward or Power Forward
3). Do you feel like your game is getting enough recognition from the coaches, scouts, and media?
Yes, it’s been good.
4). When you think of college basketball what are the first five schools that come to mind?
Texas, Baylor, Kansas, Texas A&M, and Florida.
5). Do you have any visits planned in the future? If so with who?
No, not at this time. I may take some unofficial visits this summer but I don’t have any planned.
6). Will you commit early or sign at the end of your Sr year?
More than likely I will commit early.
7). Would you travel to the opposite coast to go to school?
Yeah, I’m just looking for the right fit. If that’s on another coast, that’s fine.
8). Is staying close to home a good thing for you or does it not matter at all?
It doesn’t matter to me at all.
9). Share with us your best game of the year?
This season is still young, but two of my best games last season were against Channelview when I had 40 points, and against Wheatly in the play-offs when I had 31 points and 20 rebounds.
10). Give your family, friends, and fans a shout out on Premierball.com
What’s up Grandma, Momma, and Aunt Peaches!!
11). When you are 5 ft. from the rim with the ball in your hands what is going through your mind?
To dunk on someone.
12). What are your strengths on the floor?
Being a good athlete, dunking, rebounding, and blocking shots.
13). How hard do you work on your game? How much time do you put in?
I feel I work pretty hard. I’ve been spending a lot of time on my ball handling lately.
14). When did you first pick up a basketball?
I don’t know. Probably in the 3rd grade when I started playing with Coach Aaron and the Houston Defenders.
15). Name the schools that are recruiting you the hardest.
Arizona, Texas, and Texas A&M
16). What are your short term goals as a basketball player?
To go as far as possible in the play-offs and hopefully win state.
17). What are some of your long term goals as a player?
Like everyone else I want to play in the NBA
18). Who are some of the mentors that got you to where you are right now?
Coach Aaron (Harrison) and Coach Chris (Crawford) from the Defenders Select, my Grandma, and Coach Jackson (Terry HS)
19). What gets your GAME ROCKING AND IN A GROVE?
When the whole team is hustling and working hard. It makes the whole game a lot more exciting.
20). What is your nick name?
DJ, D-Rab, or D-Griff
21). What AAU team will you be playing for next year?
The Houston Defenders Select. Same team since I started in 3rd grade.
22). Name the most underrated part of your game?
My dribbling. People don’t think I can handle because I don’t do it often, but when I need to I can get wherever I need to go