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2019-20 Player Preview: Kylee Griffen

The redshirt freshman is looking to carve a role

Andy Bronson / The Herald

Kylee Griffen arrived on campus last season as a top 80 recruit with a phenomenal high school pedigree. She averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds her senior year at Lake Stevens and was named the Herald’s Player of the Year. She was a McDonald’s All-American nominee and a Gatorade Player of the Year nominee. Then she injured her arm very early in the season and it forced her to miss the entire campaign.

Griffen is healthy now and is ready to make an impact in her redshirt freshman year. At 6’2, she has the body of a big, but plays on the wing. With the graduation of Chandler Smith, there are minutes opening up at that spot. She will be behind Jill Townsend in the pecking order, but her and Louise Forsyth both have the ability to grab rotation minutes this season.

The Marysville, Wash. native is built from a basketball family, with her mother playing college ball at Boise State and her father competing at Eastern Washington and Montana State. Her size, versatility, and rebounding ability may give her a leg up when it comes to grabbing bench minutes.

It’s yet to be seen where exactly Griffen fits in to the roster this season, but make no mistake, she is going to be a huge part of the program at some point. She was a top 80 recruit for a reason and scored over 1,300 points in high school. It’s just a matter of time and opportunity for Griffen to shine at the college level.