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Seton Hall’s Griffin taps NBA

Amaker not only person to leave Jersey school

April 4, 2001

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— Less than a week after losing Tommy Amaker to Michigan, Seton Hall lost Eddie Griffin to the NBA.

The shot-blocking power forward who was the Big East Conference rookie of the year announced Tuesday he was leaving college to enter the NBA Draft.

"I didn't want to be a one-and-done kind of guy," Griffin said. "I wanted to play at least two years, but I did better than I thought I was going to do."

Amaker's decision didn't influence Griffin. "He made the decision that was best for him and I made the decision that was best for me, Griffin said.

The recent death of Griffin's older half brother, Marvin Powell, also didn't sway Griffin, although he said he intends to give financial assistance to his brother's wife and three children.

"I think he would have wanted me to go back to school and finish," the Philadelphia resident said of his late brother.

Griffin led the nation in blocked shots with 4.5 per game. He averaged 17.8 points and 10.8 rebounds

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