|Hometown:||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|High School:||Manual Arts HS '07|
|Previous College:||L.A. Southwest College|
Jim Hayford on Griffin: “Laron plays hard and is a great rebounder. He plays with tremendous enthusiasm and is loved by his teammates. He has been through the Big Sky battles and knows what it takes. He has a great personal expectation of himself for this season -- I expect him to have a very strong senior year.”
Career: Griffin currently has 47 career blocked shots to rank sixth in school history. He had 28 as a junior in 2011 to rank 11th on the single season list, and a duplication of that effort as a senior would give him 75 career blocks and place him fourth all-time at Eastern.
2010-11: In Big Sky Conference statistics, Griffin was sixth in rebounding (6.8), second in offensive rebounds (3.1) and eighth in blocked shots (0.9). In statistics from league games only, Griffin was eighth in rebounds (6.5) and third in offensive rebounds (2.8). Griffin finished the season with 28 blocked shots to rank tied for 11th in school history. He helped Eastern finish with 120 for the season, closing the year only 10 away from the school record of 130 set in 2006. A trio of Eastern players recorded three of the top 11 single season performances in school history including Tremayne Johnson (35, third), Cliff Ederaine (34, tied for fourth) and Griffin. As a junior, Griffin started 28 of 30 games and averaged 6.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots per game. Griffin led the Eagles in scoring three times, rebounding on 13 occasions, blocked shots in nine games, steals in seven and assists twice. He had career highs of 19 points, 16 rebounds and five assists against Northwest University (11/19/10). He also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Sacramento State (1/22/11) and his third of the season against Montana State (2/24/11) with 12 points and 15 boards. He had a total of seven double-figure scoring performances and six in rebounding.
2009:10: He made two starts in his debut season at Eastern, including one non-conference game against Walla Walla (12/1/09) and a league game versus Northern Colorado (1/16/10). Griffin averaged 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds overall, and 5.4 and 4.2, respectively, in the Big Sky on 47 percent shooting from the field. He led the team in rebounding three times, including two of EWU’s last six games. Griffin scored in double figures three times, including a season-high 11 versus Weber State (1/23/10). His best rebounding performances were seven against Boise State (11/24/09) and Texas Arlington (11/21/09). He also had highs of three assists against Whitman (11/17/09) and three steals versus Weber State (2/26/10). He led Eastern in blocked shots on eight occasions, finishing the season with 19 including a season-high of two in five games.
Junior College: Played the 2007-08 season at Los Angeles Southwest College where he played alongside his Eastern teammate Tremayne Johnson. He did not play in 2008-09.
High School: Graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles in 2007. He averaged 17.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game his senior season as his school finished 7-16 overall and 3-9 in the Coliseum League. He also averaged 2.2 blocked shots, 1.0 assists and 0.7 steals. He scored in double figures in all but two games, and had 20 or more on eight occasions. His high game was 30 in a 74-61 victory over Locke in which he made 22-of-24 free throws. For the season he made 42 percent of his field goals (101-of-241) and 70 percent of his free throws (114-of-163). As a junior he averaged 9.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals.
Personal: Born Dec. 27, 1989 in Bellflower, Calif. Interdisciplinary studies major. His parents are Larry Griffin and Lorrie Deuess.