Why Griffin was selected:
Griffin knocked down a 3-pointer and assisted on a go-ahead three in a sectional semifinal game against Wheaton North on March 8.
The midrange game was hit-or-miss for Zion Griffin against Wheaton North, but when the Hornets needed him to hit, he did. His 3-pointer got South to within 51-50 with under 30 seconds to play, and he then assisted on Karol Lipiszko’s three that put the Hornets ahead 53-52. The Falcons hit a late three of their own for the win in what was a wild and memorable finish. Griffin, the Athlete of the Week sponsored by Cucinova, spoke with sports editor Jason Rossi about the finish, his late bucket, and more. Here is an edited transcript:
Rossi: What was it like to be part of such a wild finish against Wheaton North?
Griffin: It was loud. I couldn’t really hear anything. We scored at our end and it got loud. They scored at their end and it got loud. It was crazy all the way around.
Rossi: How did it feel to hit that three after struggling a little bit from range in the game?
Griffin: After I missed a couple shots, I couldn’t get down so if I was open I kept shooting. That was one where I was open, so I shot it and it went in.
Rossi: What are your thoughts on the team’s season?
Griffin: When we were in the locker room, nobody was too sad because we did a lot. People didn’t think we were going to win our conference, and we did that. People didn’t think we’d even make it to a regional championship game and get where we are now, but we did.
Rossi: What was it like playing with these seniors this year?
Griffin: It was fantastic. I look up to a lot of those guys like brothers, like Lipiszko, DJ [Diamond Anderson], [Nick] Perry. I look at them like my brothers, so it’s hard not being able to play with them again.