June 3, 2008
Mason-Griffin taking things slow
Madison Marlins run to the 5A region III tournament the last two years, Tommy Mason-Griffin has attracted a following in the Houston that hasn't been seen since the Willowridge Eagles captured back-to-back 5A state titles led by T.J. Ford and Daniel Ewing.
A little over a month ago, the top basketball player in the Houston area made the decision to leave Madison High and transfer to the storied Oak Hill program for his senior season.
"Yes sir, I'm going to Oak Hill next year," Mason-Griffin said. "I decided the week before the Cactus Classic in Arizona."
With the transfer to the national program in the state of Virginia, the No.72- ranked prospect in the 2009 class knows he has to work harder than he ever has to live up to the billing.
"I'm working to improve my jump shot consistency. I am also working to get quicker and quicker every day. I'm going to the Steve Nash camp in New Jersey too. I think it starts June 26," the 5-9, 185-pound point guard said.
Mason-Griffin is also focused on the recruiting process after de-committing from LSU before the spring evaluation period. The floor general of the Houston Hoops AAU program has a top five, but it appears three programs have moved ahead of others.
"Right now, I have added Memphis to the list. My top five are Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas, A&M and Baylor. I know I'm going to visit Oklahoma, Texas and Memphis this summer. I don't know about the others," Mason-Griffin said.
In choosing a future destination the second time around, Mason-Griffin says he is not in a rush. When he does eventually make a decision, he knows exactly what he is looking for in a program.
"I mean, I'm probably going to wait until late to sign. I'll probably sign in the spring. I'm looking at the coaching staff, style of play, the players that will be around me and the chance of playing a lot of minutes early." Mason-Griffin said.
Mason-Griffin averaged 23 points and seven assists for Madison as a junior.
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