ON GRIFFIN One of the most athletically gifted players on the Seminoles roster who will earn increased playing time during his senior season...played in nine games and averaged 3.1 points per game...will compete for increased playing time as he continues to learn Head Coach Leonard Hamilton's motion offense...best game of his career game as he scored his Division I career high of 14 points in his career-high of 11 minutes in the Seminoles' 101-57 victory over Jacksonville in Tallahassee...played his season for Florida State in 2004-05 after originally signing with Leonard Hamilton and Florida State in 2003...he re-signed with the Seminoles in 2004 and has one year of eligibility remaining as the 2005-06 season begins...completed his degree requirements at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona and did not play basketball during the 2003-04 season ... named as the 21st best junior college player in the nation by CBS.SportsLine.com following his sophomore (2002-03) season at Scottsdale ... ranked as the sixth best junior college power forward by Lindy's College Basketball Annuals and by Van Coleman of Future Stars prior to his second junior college season ... helped lead the Compton Magic to the title at the annual Jerry Mullen Junior College Showcase in Tulsa, Oklahoma in July of 2002 ... grew up in the Atlanta area and has followed the ACC his entire life ... when he originally signed with Florida State in 2003, he was one of four players who made up the consensus No.1 recruiting class in the nation ... he was joined by top 30 junior college recruit Diego Romero and standout players Alexander Johnson and Von Wafer.
AS A JUNIOR (2005): Averaged 3.1 points (11th on the team), 1.2 rebounds (11th) and shot .550 from the field as he played in nine of the Seminoles' 31 games during his first year as a member of the program...played in nine games including three against ACC competition and four against teams who played in either the NCAA or NIT tournaments...shot well from the field with a .500 mark (11-of-22) and .600 percent mark from the 3-point line (three-of-five)...career-high two blocked shots against Wake Forest (Feb. 12) and one assist in wins over Texas Southern (Nov. 19), Shawnee State (Nov. 24) and Jacksonville (Dec. 21)...played lights-out with 14 points on five-of-seven shooting from the field - including a perfect three-of-three from the 3-point line - in the Seminoles' 101-57 victory over Jacksonville...was third on the team in scoring as five players scored in double figures...scored a team-high 10 points in the second half as he made all three of 3-point shot attempts...added two points in the Seminoles' victory over Stetson (Dec. 23) to average 8.0 points over the two game stretch in a span of two nights...was seven-of-nine (.778) from the field during a three-game stretch against South Alabama (Dec. 16), Jacksonville and Stetson in three consecutive Florida State wins at home...began his Florida State career as he scored four points and pulled down one rebound in the Seminoles' season opener against Texas Southern (Nov. 19)...made the first shot of his career - a jumper with 11:37 remaining in the first half against the Tigers - as he began his career on a high note...his basket put the Seminoles up 13-6...his second basket of the game put Florida State up 29-24 late in the first half on its way to a 71-62 season opening victory...scored two points in the Seminoles' 88-65 victory at home over Shawnee State...(vs. Duke) scored two points in Florida State's only meeting against NCAA Tournament participant Duke...his basket and all six minutes played came in the second half of the Seminoles game against the Blue Devils in Tallahassee (Jan. 22)...(vs. Wake Forest) scored zero points and pulled down two rebounds in five minutes of play in one game against NCAA Tournament participant Wake Forest...his two rebounds stand as his single-game career-high and came in five minutes of playing time against the No. 3 ranked Demon Deacons...blocked his career-high of two shots against the Deacons...(vs. NC State) scored two points and pulled down one rebound in one game against NCAA Tournament participant NC State...made two of three free throws in the second half of the Seminoles' game against the Wolfpack at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C...his two free throws made marks his single-game career-high for free throws made in a single game.
AT SCOTTSDALE (2002-03): Earned his associate's degree from Scottsdale Community College in 2004 ... averaged 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2002-03 ... ranked 11th in the conference statistics in rebounding ... scored his career-high of 28 points and pulled down his career high of 16 rebounds against South Mountain Community College as a sophomore ... earned All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Honorable Mention honors following the 2002-03 season ... helped Scottsdale to a fifth place Division I Conference finish as a sophomore ... Scottsdale Community College is located in Tempe, Arizona, and is a member of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference ... led Scottsdale to their first 20-win season in three years before losing in the semifinals of the ACCAC conference tournament in 2003.
AT LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE (2001-02): Played in 18 games during the fall semester at Los Angeles City College before transferring to Scottsdale.
AT COMPTON CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Compton Centennial High School in 2000 ... was a top 25 All-West All-Star selection by Fullcourt Press magazine as a senior.
PERSONAL: Born June 6, 1982 ... Antonio is the son of Carl and Vernester Griffin ... is the oldest of three brothers - Mychael, 20, and Joshua, 17 ... is from a military family ... played high school basketball at Tempe (Ariz.) McClintock before transferring to Compton (Cal.) Centennial for his senior year ... transferred to Scottsdale after spending half a year at L.A. City College in California ... originally from Madison, Ga., outside of Atlanta but now lives in Louisiana ... chose Florida State over Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Fresno State, New Mexico, Washington State and Louisiana Tech.