Earlier this month, with a short and simple video shared via Twitter, Adrian Griffin Jr. became the first player from the Class of 2021 to publicly commit to Duke. Within the first 10 seconds of the clip, the 5-star wing said, "I want to thank, first and foremost, my family."
And it really is some family.
If the name sounds familiar, it should — because Adrian Griffin Jr. is the son of 10-year NBA veteran Adrian Griffin, who is now an assistant with the Toronto Raptors. So AJ, as he often goes by, is on track to be the next son-of-an-NBA-veteran to flourish in college at the same sport, just like Cole Anthony, son of 11-year NBA veteran Greg Anthony, is flourishing right now at North Carolina.
But things don't stop there.
Adrian Griffin's oldest son, Alan Griffin, is a sophomore at Illinois averaging 8.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15.0 minutes per game. And one of his two daughters, Aubrey Griffin, is a former McDonald's All-American and current freshman at UConn who played 19 minutes in a season-opening victory over Cal. So, based on this trajectory, Adrian Griffin will, in the 2021-22 season, have one son playing at Illinois, another son playing at Duke and a daughter playing at UConn. He'll then become the first father to have children play for arguably the best men's basketball program (Duke) and the best women's basketball program (UConn) at the same time.
How awesome is that?
"As a father, the No. 1 thing that you're most concerned about is are [your children] good people — are you raising young adults who will be able to contribute to society in a positive way?" Adrian Griffin explained. "I think that was the first thing that I ever wanted for my kids. And then the sports is just the icing on the cake. They are unbelievable athletes — far better than I was, especially at their age."