St. Petersburg basketball standouts Ben Clare and Dayon Griffin both sign



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Wed. November 13, 2013 | Bob Putnam | Email

St. Petersburg basketball standouts Ben Clare and Dayon Griffin both sign

St. Petersburg’s Ben Clare and Dayon Griffin, who led the boys basketball program to the state final four two seasons ago and the region final last season, each signed their national letters of intent during a ceremony at school.

Clare, a 6-foot-7 post player, signed with Colorado School of Mines, in large part because of the engineering program at the school.

“I know I’m going to a great school, and I’m going to get a great education,” said Clare, who has a 3.87 GPA and has scored 33 on his ACT. “It’s a big relief knowing where I’m going to school. Now I can just concentrate on my senior season.”

Griffin, a 6-foot-1 guard, signed with Louisiana Tech. Last season, he averaged 17 points, six rebounds and four steals. He had offers from Florida Atlantic, Old Dominion, North Florida, Radford, USF and Southwest Missouri State.

Griffin joins Lakewood’s Jacobi Boykins as Pinellas County players from the Class of 2014 who signed with the Bulldogs on Wednesday.

“I talked to Jacobi all Tuesday night about our decision,” said Griffin, who will lead the Green Devils when they take on Boykins and the Spartans in a preseason game Thursday night. “We have strong class coming in (at Louisiana Tech) and we’re going to try to help them get to the NCAA tournament.”


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