Taft star basketball player attends Arizona prep school

CINCINNATI — Rising Taft High School and University of Cincinnati verbal commitment Rayvon Griffith announced Thursday night that he will play basketball at AZ Compass Preparatory School in Chandler, Arizona, this coming season.

Griffith, a 6-foot-7 wing and four-star rookie, helped lead Taft (19-8) to the Division III state title on March 20 at University of Dayton Arena.

Ranked 41st National Player in the Class of 2023 by 247 Sports, Griffith is expected to arrive in Arizona in June, joining a highly talented roster. He remains verbally committed to the Bearcats for college basketball.

“We love that it’s very aggressive,” said Pete Kaffey, AZ Compass Prep program director. “I love his height at 6-6, 6-7. He’s a two-way player. He can keep all the positions on the perimeter. He’s very athletic. He can shoot the 3-ball really well and that “He’s just a competitor. That’s one thing we really like about Rayvon. He’s a competitor. He’s going to compete no matter what.”

AZ Compass Prep, ranked No. 8 nationally by MaxPreps last winter, finished last season with a 25-5 record and competed in the GEICO National High School Championships.

The prep school has helped several prominent figures, including University of Kentucky freshman guard TyTy Washington, a projected NBA Draft lottery selection.

San Antonio Spurs guard Josh Primo, who played college basketball at Alabama, was selected No. 12 in the 2021 NBA draft and became the first AZ Compass Prep basketball player selected in the draft.

AZ Compass Prep is also expected to have several nationally televised matches this coming season. His roster includes 2023 small forward Mookie Cook, a five-star recruit and a verbal commitment from the University of Oregon. There’s also 2023 point guard Kylan Boswell (Arizona verbal commitment), who is ranked the 16th national player by 247 Sports.

Griffith, who announced his verbal commitment to the University of Cincinnati on May 1, is ranked Ohio’s No. 1 player in the class of 2023 by 247 Sports. He also considered Alabama, Ohio State, Kansas and UCLA among his finalists earlier this month.

247 Sports ranked Griffith 10th among shooters in the 2023 class. He was named a Division III first-team selection last season by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.

Griffith has averaged 19 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block over the past season, according to Taft’s athletic department. He scored 12 points and had five rebounds, three steals and two assists in the State Finals – the second state championship in program history (2011, 2022).

NCAA Division I basketball’s early signing period is set to begin Nov. 9 when student-athletes can sign national letters of intent during their senior year of high school.

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