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Taft's Rayvon Griffith is rated the nation's No. 22 hoops player in 2023 class by ESPN

Posted at 4:49 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 11:04:26-04

CINCINNATI — Taft 2023 wing Rayvon Griffith is rated the nation's No. 22 boys basketball player in his class, according to the ESPN 25 recruiting rankings.

Griffith, an Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division III honorable mention all-state selection this past season, added scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Alabama A&M and Grambling State this week, according to Taft coach Mark Mitchell. Kent State previously offered a scholarship to Griffith in 2019.

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Mitchell said several college coaches have expressed interest in offering a scholarship to Griffith once the recruiting dead period eventually expires.

Last month, the NCAA extended its recruiting dead period through July 31.

"Things will really take off for him when the period opens up," Mitchell said. "I've been on the phone with several coaches who will be offering as soon as the rules permit."

Griffith, who is 6 feet 5, averaged 16.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals as a freshman for the Senators in 20 games, according to the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference. He was named a first-team all-CMAC selection. He was also a 2019-20 MaxPreps Freshman All-American First-Team selection.

Griffith is rated two places ahead of Sierra Canyon (Los Angeles) 2023 combo guard Bronny James on the ESPN national list. James, rated No. 24 nationally by ESPN, is the son of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James.