If you watch Connor Griffin's highlight reel from high school there is a lot to be excited about in the talented guard from Oregon. As it stands now, Griffin is another guard on a team with a lot of talented guards, and therefore spends much of his time on the bench.
In his freshman year, Griffin saw the court in 15 games and played a total of 36 minutes. By virtue of Gonzaga's blowout style offense, Griffin has hit the court more often this season, already up to 33 minutes. Prior to the win over Texas Southern, Griffin was 2-for-5 from the floor for the year. The situations of those three misses are the most tantalizing part of Griffin's game. So let's take a look at each one.
Gonzaga leads 72-56, 10 seconds left
The game against the Mustangs was winding down, and Griffin goes in for monster jam attempt number one.
vs. Saint Joseph's
Gonzaga leads 94-42, 28 seconds left
The game against the Hawks was winding down, and Griffin goes in for monster jam attempt number two.
vs. St. Thomas Aquinas
Gonzaga leads 98-45, 5:23 left
The game against the Spartans still had some time left, and Griffin goes in for monster jam attempt number three.
The first thing that stands out from Griffin's attempt is that if he used two hands to corral the ball he probably would succeed with his monster dunk(s). But, that begs a different question -- is it still a monster dunk with two hands, or is it merely a dunk? Kudos to Griffin to sticking to his guns and relentlessly chasing the highlight reel.
Griffin hasn't seen the court that much since the blowout against St. Thomas Aquinas. He logged one minute against Southern Louisiana and then Gonzaga hit the meat of its schedule. With the tougher opponents, the 12 man rotation finally shrunk down a bit. He saw five minutes in the win over Texas Southern but didn't attempt any monster jams (or field goals for that matter).
Now, all we can do is salivate at the thought of Griffin hurtling through the air with a bloodlust for backboard destruction. Sabonis knows how to throw down with the best of 'em, but no one on the team charges for the hoop with such reckless abandon like Griffin. Coach Few -- free the beast! Let him dunk!
Up next, Griffin has a good chance to see some minutes against Cal Poly and show the Battle in Seattle that he can dunk with the best of them. All hope isn't lost yet, and it is only a matter of time before Griffin unleashes a thunderdunk that shakes Spokane to its core.