Friday, December 30, 2016

Derrick Griffin leaves TSU to prepare for NFL draft

HOUSTON, Texas -- The writing on the wall was too much to ignore for Texas Southern's Derrick Griffin. The dual-sport phenom announced his next step by leaving the Texas Southern men's basketball team to declare for the NFL Draft.

Griffin was a member of the TSU football team before being dismissed in September for breaking team rules, but he was still eligible to play basketball this season.

He signed with veteran NFL agent James "Bus" Cook, who has had notable clients like Brett Favre, Randy Moss, Calvin Johnson, Jay Cutler and Russell Wilson. Griffin plans to continue taking classes in addition to training for a Pro Day and a hopeful invite to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

"It was time for me to go," Griffin said. "Too many signs. I've been waiting on it."

Griffin, a 6-7, 240-pound wide receiver for the Tigers, caught seven passes for 115 yards a touchdown in two games this season. In 2015, he caught 36 passes for 713 yards and 11 touchdowns – all team-highs.

In basketball, Griffin was the SWAC Player of the Year last year as the only player in the SWAC to average a double-double in conference play with 13 points and 11 rebounds per game.


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