Orange Lutheran senior Josh Griffin spent many days hanging around the basketball courts watching his older sister, Taylor, play. As a fifth grader, he got his chance to shoot his own hoops.
“It went from me shooting at halftime during (Taylor’s) games to me starting to play,” says Griffin. “I fell in love with it. It came natural for me.”
As a shooting guard and point guard for the Lancers, Griffin puts in 100% effort each time he steps on the court, playing every game as if it were his last.
“I enjoy working towards something I love,” says Griffin. “Putting in work has always been my style. I love the process, playing with friends and playing for God.”
He may not be the most vocal player on the court, but Griffin leads through example and motivates everyone to be their best. Additionally, he has taken on the responsibility of leading the team in the Doxology after each game.
“Josh has always been a really good shooter, but over his three year varsity career, he has developed into a high level defender and often takes on the assignment of guarding the best player from the other team,” says OLu boys basketball head coach, Chris Nordstrom.
Moving up to varsity as a sophomore meant a “whole new level of basketball” for Griffin, and as a result, his confidence became shaky. Working through one of the toughest parts of his playing career taught the 18-year old that nothing replaces hard work. He credits the coaching staff for pushing him to be the best player he can be.
“They’ve helped develop me into the player I am today,” says Griffin of his coaches. “They’ve taught me to play my game and not listen to the outside stuff. OLu has had a big impact on my life.”
Griffin is finalizing his next steps in both athletics and academics, and no matter the path, his family has shown him that, “God is number one.”
“I pray every day and ask for guidance,” says Griffin. “It can be stressful at times, but I know that God has me at the end of the day. He wants the best for me and has a plan for me. So I trust in him, wherever it takes me. I can’t live without him.”by Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88