August 3, 2012

Former Eagle to Play Professionally in Germany

Laron Griffin will play for the Hanau White Wings in the German Pro B League

The Hanau White Wings of the German Pro B League announced recently the addition of former Eastern Washington University forward Laron Griffin for the 2012-13 season.

"Laron is a very good rebounder and defensive player,” said Hanau head coach Hans Beth. “He is hungry and is excited to play for us now.”

Griffin replaces former BYU player Chris Miles on the White Wings roster. Hanau was 13-9 last season for a sixth-place finish in the league’s Group South division.

The 6-foot-8 Griffin played in 92 games for the Eagles in the last three seasons, starting 62 of them. He made 50.4 percent of his shots from the field and averaged 6.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocked shots per game. His 70 career blocked shots ranks fifth in school history and his 540 rebounds are sixth.

He finished his Eastern career with a flourish, notching double-doubles in his last three games and averaging a double-double in the last five games of his career (16.0 points, 10.6 rebounds). He had 18 points and 12 rebounds against Idaho State on Feb. 28 in a 77-64 Senior Night victory, 21 points and 11 boards in the Big Sky Conference Championship quarterfinals on March 3 (81-75 victory over ISU) and 15 points and 14 rebounds in the final game of his career on March 6 in the semifinals (74-66 loss to Montana).

Griffin had only eight total fouls and averaged 34.7 minutes per game in the final three games after fouling out 13 times in EWU’s first 29 (his 13 disqualifications led NCAA Division I). He finished with a school-record 130 fouls as a senior, breaking the previous record of 114 he set in the 2010-11 season.

Griffin made 62.0 percent of his field goal attempts as a senior to rank fourth in school history. Griffin had four double-doubles as a senior and seven in his career, and finished his 92-game career with 13 performances of at least 10 rebounds (seven as a senior).

In Big Sky Conference statistics, Griffin was first in field goal percentage (.620) and offensive rebounds (3.1), and was fourth overall in rebounding (7.0) and eighth in blocked shots (0.7).

“Laron is solid,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. “He is an extremely coachable player and he was definitely our most improved player. He improved his field goal percentage by almost 25 percent over last season (.620 as a senior, .436 his junior season and .440 as a sophomore). He is a great teammate and it was a real joy to be Laron’s coach.”

 
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