Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Four-star guard Rylan Griffen commits to Alabama, giving the Tide the No. 3-ranked class
By ADAM ZAGORIARylan Griffen, the 6-foot-5, 180-pound shooting guard from Richardson (TX) and the Team Trae Young AAU program, committed to Alabama on Tuesday, giving the Crimson Tide the No. 3-ranked recruiting class nationally.
The four-star prospect ranked the No. 6 shooting guard the Class of 2022 in the 247Sports.com chose the Tide over Auburn, Georgia,, Kansas, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Cal and N.C. State.
“I chose them because it felt good on my visit,” Griffen told On3.com. “It was more than just that though, my relationship with the coaches was pretty good. They’re locked into making me better, on both ends of the floor. It just felt good for my development. They have a good development coaching staff.”
Griffen joins point guard Jaden Bradley, small forward Brandon Miller, and power forward Noah Clowney in Alabama’s 2022 class.
“Rylan Griffen is a prototypical shooting guard,” said Derrick Shelby, formerly of Drive Nation. “He reminds me of a mixture of Rip Hamilton and Zach LaVine………Yes, that’s scary. He has a chance to be that good. Rylan has the best mid-range pull up in the country and will be a 40% plus 3-point shooter.
“One of his best attributes though, he competes and is a zero maintenance kid. His parents have done a phenomenal job with him. High character with integrity. Alabama just got a special kid.”
(This post was updated 11/9)
Photo by: @dawsoncrtv
Follow Adam Zagoria on TwitterFollow ZAGSBLOGHoops on InstagramAnd Like ZAGS on Facebook
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.