Atlanta Hawks sign first-round pick AJ Griffin

Duke rookie was 16e Overall choice

ATLANTE – The Atlanta Hawks announced today that the team has signed the 2022 first-round pick (16e overall) AJ Griffin. Per team policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Griffin appeared in 39 games (25 starts) in his freshman season at Duke, averaging 10.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 24.0 minutes per game, helping lead the Blue Devils to their 20th title ACC regular-season finisher in program history, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and the team’s 17th Final Four appearance (.493 FG%, .447 3FG%, .792 FT %).

An honorable mention All-ACC and member of the ACC All-Freshman team, Griffin’s .447 clip from three-point territory ranked fifth in Duke history and second by a freshman Blue Devil. He has scored 10 or more points in 23 of his 39 games, including five games of 20 or more. The 6-6 forward posted a career-high 27 points on 11-17 shooting from the floor, including a 3-6 mark from deep, in an 87-67 win over rival North Carolina. North on February 5. His 27 points are tied. fourth-most points by a Blue Devil in their first Duke-UNC game. In a 74-65 win over Louisville on Jan. 29, Griffin shot a perfect 5-5 (1,000 3FG%) from the three-point line, scoring the highest three-point percentage by a Duke freshman. on a minimum of five attempts.

Prior to coming to Duke, Griffin, a five-star small forward for Archbishop Stepinac in White Plains, New York, was ranked No. 9 overall on the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2021, as well as No. 1. player in New York State and the No. 1 small forward on the ESPN 100. Won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2019 FIBA ​​Americas U16 Championship, scoring 13.5 points and a team-high 3.3 interceptions in six contests. Griffin’s father, Adrian Griffin, played in the NBA for 10 seasons and is currently an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors.

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