Scrappy guard will be a team co-captain as a senior ... has yet to miss a game in his career ... assumed an everyday starting assignment last season and thrived as both a scorer and ballhandler ... versatile enough to play both the point and shooting guard positions ... rarely turns the ball over ... outstanding 3-point shooter ... also has a good mid-range jumper ... intense, scrappy player who wears his heart on his sleeve ... typical son of a coach ... very creative player with an innate sense of the game ... much-improved defensive player.
2006-07 Started all 31 games at the off-guard position and established career highs in virtually every statistical category ... ranked 5th in PL in FT%, 6th in 3FG made, 6th in assists and 15th in scoring ... led team in 3FG made and was 3rd in scoring, 2nd in assists ... boasted terrific assist-turnover ratio of 2.30:1 (85-37) ... went five straight games without a turnover before the streak was snapped at Lafayette ... led nation in A/TO midway through the season ... Patriot League A/TO of 40-20 ... had career-high 19 pts. on opening night at Albany ... scored 13 pts. (4-10 FG, 3-7 3G, 2-2 FT) and had 0 TOs in 31 min. in win over George Mason ... led Bison with 16 points (6-11 FG, 4-9 3FG) in win at Xavier ... also had 5 assists and hit game-tying 3FG with 1:47 left ... in three games vs. Navy totaled 36 pts., 18 asst., 2 TO ... team-high 15 pts. (4-6 FG, 3-4 3FG, 4-5 FT) in win at AU and hit go-ahead FTs with 0:31 left and clinching FTs with 0:03.6 left ... scored 7 pts. in home win over Holy Cross, all coming in last 9:04 ... hit huge 3FG with 1:04 left, stretching 1-pt. lead to 4 ... scored game-high 16 pts. at Lehigh, including 6 straight BU pts. late in game to seal the win ... had team-high 15 pts. in PL championship game at Holy Cross ... had 15+ pts. in 6 of last 10 games ... over that span averaged 12.6 ppg and shot 44.1% (30-68) 3FG ... earned team's Coaches' Award for "contributions and loyalty to the Bucknell basketball family."
2005-06 Played in all 32 games, making one early season start against Yale ... served as the primary backup to both Abe Badmus and Kevin Bettencourt ... averaged 16.0 minutes per game, second to Donald Brown among Bison reserves ... tied for third on the squad with 29 3-pointers ... scored season-high 12 points in a home win over Army ... added 10 points against both Navy and Saint Joseph's, where his father used to play and coach ... hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 0:17 left in a season-opening road win at Rider ... also had a career-high five assists in that game ... had six points and four assists in a win at No. 17 Syracuse ... in addition to 10 points, had a career-best eight rebounds and the first two blocked shots of his career at Navy ... started the season 4-for-12 from the free-throw line but made 20 of his last 21 to boost his career accuracy back to 79.8%.
2004-05 Entered the season as a projected backup to guards Abe Badmus and Kevin Bettencourt, but was thrust into the starting lineup on opening night with Badmus sidelined by a hip flexor injury ... started the first four games of the season and six overall, while playing in all 33 ... named to Patriot League All-Rookie Team ... made a big splash in the season opener against Princeton at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Carrier Dome ... scored a team-high 18 points on 5-for-5 shooting from the field (2-2 3FG) ... the very next night against Northern Colorado he was again 5-for-5 (3-3 3FG) and scored 16 points in a Bison victory ... became the first Bucknell player in at least 30 years to begin his career 10-for-10 from the field ... extended the streak to 11 straight made shots in game No. 3 vs. Rider ... went 3-for-4 that night and scored nine points ... the 18 points against Princeton were tied for the third-most ever by a Bison freshman on opening night ... scored nine points against Wisconsin at the NCAA Tournament, including two big 3-pointers that helped Bucknell erase an early double-digit deficit ... had no turnovers in two NCAA Tournament games and had a positive assist-turnover ratio for the season (51-42) ... scored 15 points in regular-season game at Holy Cross ... had six points on a pair of treys in a win at St. Joseph's ... contributed nine points, including a huge go-ahead 3-pointer in the second half, in the upset win at No. 7 Pittsburgh ... had a strong game at Lafayette with 14 points (2-3 3FG, 8-8 FT) and four assists ... twice named Patriot League Rookie of the Week ... shot 83.9% from the foul line on the season ... averaged 6.9 ppg.
HIGH SCHOOL/PERSONAL Full name is John Joseph Griffin ... son of John and Marisa Griffin ... born Dec. 3, 1985 in Albany, N.Y. ... has one younger brother, Matt ... father is a former player at Saint Joseph's University and head coach at Saint Joseph's and Siena ... 2004 graduate of Saint Joseph's Prep ... as a senior co-captain helped lead team to the Philadelphia Catholic League title and a final ranking of 21 in the USA TODAY Super 25 ... named USA TODAY's prep player of the week on March 9, 2004 after scoring 27 points against Cardinal Dougherty in the league title game ... three-time all-league selection ... finished career as school's all-time leading scorer ... majoring in economics.