women’s basketball UConn recruit chosen for McDonald’s game

January 25, 2019

The next few months are about to get a bit busier for Aubrey Griffin.

And she couldn’t be happier.

Griffin, the Ossining High (N.Y.) product and 2019 UConn commit, was chosen Thursday to play in the 18th annual McDonald’s All-American Game.

“It feels really good to be one of those people who can go out and play with a lot of the best players out there,” Griffin said by phone.

Twenty-four players were selected for the game, which will be played March 27 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

Griffin, a 6-foot-1 wing ranked 33rd in the Class of 2019 by ESPN, has been sidelined since Dec. 9 with a sprained left ankle. The injury has kept her from building off a dominant junior season, in which she averaged 28.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.9 assists.

“I’ve been doing rehab,” she said. “It was frustrating, but I just had to realize that I’d rather miss now than farther down the line.”

Fortunately, Griffin expects to return to game action soon.

“I’m close to 100 percent,” she explained. “I’ll be able to play in a couple days, maybe sooner.”

Seven players on UConn’s current roster have played in the McDonald’s Game, including freshman guard Christyn Williams, who collected MVP honors at last year’s event.

Griffin will compete on the East squad along with a few other former UConn targets, including Aliyah Boston (South Carolina) and Jordan Horston (Tennessee).

“Just to be able to play with the best girls that are ranked, it’s going to be a good experience,” Griffin said.

Griffin — the only player from the upcoming class to sign with UConn — has been keeping close tabs on her future school. She said she attended the Huskies’ 63-46 win over USF on Jan. 13 at Gampel Pavilion.

“It was good just to see them playing,” she said.

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