Aces standout Griffith looking forward to next step at Coffeyville

June 6, 2023 | 12:05 am

Updated June 6, 2023 | 12:17 am

The Aces all-time leading scorer has taken the next step in his athletic and academic career, as Brian Griffith will take his talents to Coffeyville Community College to play basketball.

The senior point guard had his hand all over Owensboro Catholic’s game on both ends of the floor this past season, averaging 20.8 ppg on a 43.6% clip from the field and 37.2% from deep, going along his 3.7 rpg while leading the team in steals, made free throws and percentage at 70.9% and assists.

Griffith helped the Aces finish with an overall record of 28-6, finishing the regular season undefeated in district play before being runner-up in the 9th District and 3rd Region Championship. He also solidified his name atop Owensboro Catholic’s all-time scoring list at 2,275 points, passing James ‘Putney’ McNary and his 1,937 points.

Brian said that he’s excited to join Coffeyville, knowing that they will help push him towards his goal of competing at the DI level. In the meantime he’s looking forward to the challenge of battling stronger opponents, while knowing that he’s going to be playing with strong teammates at the junior college as well.

Owensboro Catholic Head Coach Tim Riley shared the sentiment, noting that the Aces long time point guard will be in good hands.

“I’m so pleased that Brian will be attending one of the top junior college programs in America,” Riley said. “Guys leave Coffeyville for the big-time college program yearly. He will be seen by all the top schools by playing at Coffeyville. Coffeyville coach Jay Herkleman has been the head coach there since 1997 and is considered one of the great basketball coaches in America.”

Owensboro principal Gates Settle also said that he’s excited to see what’s next for Griffith, noting that his journey as not only an athlete, but outside of basketball has been inspiring to watch.

“In my 40 years as a teacher, coach and principal, I don’t know that I have seen anyone come as far as Brian has,” Settle said. “Not just as a basketball player, but more importantly as a person. His growth and maturity is a credit to him and his focus that will allow him to reach one of his goals of playing at the next level, which can open up many opportunities for a successful future.”

June 6, 2023 | 12:05 am

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