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Rashard Griffith

Rashard Griffith
Personal information
Born (1974-10-08) October 8, 1974 (age 41)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
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Career information
High school King (Chicago, Illinois)
College Wisconsin (1993–1995)
NBA draft 1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 1995–2010
Position Center
Career history
1995–1997 Tofaş Bursa
1997–1998 Maccabi Tel Aviv
1998–2000 Tofaş Bursa
2000–2002 Kinder Bologna
2002–2003 TAU Cerámica
2003–2004 Lottomatica Roma
2004–2005 Tenerife
2005 Capitanes de Arecibo
2005–2006 CB Calpe
2007 Pınar Karşıyaka
2007–2010 CSU Asesoft Ploiesti
Career highlights and awards

Rashard Nathan Griffith (born October 8, 1974) is an American retired professional basketball player. Griffith, a native of Chicago, Illinois, starred for the nationally ranked King Jaguars of the Chicago Public League, where he was part of a "twin towers," as King, coached by Landon Cox, had 7'2" Thomas Hamilton and the 7'0" Griffith. Griffith had been considered the top prep center in the country until he was outplayed by Rasheed Wallace at the prestigious Nike Camp in Indianapolis. King won a state championship in 1993, and after dominating the high school ranks and being named Illinois Mr. Basketball, Rashard joined the Wisconsin Badgers college basketball team. Griffith selected Wisconsin over several schools; including University of Illinois, against the advice of his mother. In only two seasons, Griffith set the Wisconsin individual record for most blocks in a career. Griffith held the individual block record until February 26, 2013, when he was surpassed by Jared Berggren. After his sophomore year, Griffith turned pro, though his entire professional career has been spent in international play, primarily in Turkey, Spain, and Italy. He was drafted 38th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1995 NBA Draft.

Pro career

A powerful center, Griffith earned a spot on the All-Euroleague Second team in the Euroleague 2000-01 season while playing for Kinder Bologna alongside Manu Ginóbili, Marko Jaric and Antoine Rigaudeau. Kinder Bologna won the Triple Crown in Basketball the same year. After his success in Europe, the Orlando Magic acquired Griffith's draft rights in a trade during the 2002 NBA Draft with the intent of adding him to their roster,[1][2] but to date Griffith has never played in the NBA.

Latest Griffith team was Romanian CSU Asesoft Ploiesti.[3] In 2010, he retired.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chris Collins
Illinois Mr. Basketball Award Winner
Succeeded by
Jarrod Gee