St. Petersburg's Dayon Griffin commits to Louisiana Tech



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Fri. October 18, 2013 | Bob Putnam | Email

St. Petersburg's Dayon Griffin commits to Louisiana Tech

St. Petersburg’s Dayon Griffin announced via Twitter that he has committed to Louisiana Tech, becoming the second Pinellas County player from the class of 2014 to join the Bulldogs in the past three months.

Griffin, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 17 points, six rebounds and four steals as a junior last season in leading the Green Devils to the Class 8A region final. He had offers from Florida Atlantic, Old Dominion, North Florida, Radford, USF and Southwest Missouri State.

Griffin said he picked Lousiana Tech “because they play my style of play, they play fast. They let their guards play and show their talent. That’s the kind of program I wanted to be in.”

The Bulldogs have had success landing county players. Former Boca Ciega standout Kenny Smith helped Louisiana Tech go 27-7 last season and reach the second round of the NIT Tournament after upsetting FSU. In September, Lakewood senior Jacobi Boykins, a 6-4 shooting guard, committed to the Bulldogs.

The familiarity with having so many players he knew helped Griffin with his decision.

“Knowing Kenny and Jacobi had something to do with it,” Griffin said of going to Louisiana Tech. “They wanted me to come, but at the same time they wanted me to go where I fit and can get on the court.”

Griffin was the second St. Petersburg senior to announce his college decision this week. Ben Clare, a 6-7 post player, committed to Colorado School of Mines. Clare has a 3.87 GPA and has scored 33 on his ACT.

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