GLENDALE, Ariz. — Former Rochelle basketball player Landon Griffith was forced to take on different responsibilities during his freshman season at Kishwaukee College than he had to throughout his time with the Hubs.
With injuries and academics depleting his team’s roster, Griffith spent more time in the frontcourt rebounding the basketball and scoring around the rim than taking perimeter shots. After Griffith’s family moved to Arizona, though, the former Hub transferred to Glendale Community College, and Griffith’s 3-point shot has helped the Gauchos start 9-4 over their first 13 games this season.
“My second season is going very well,” Griffith said. “We have a good shot at making a run in the playoffs. I personally had a good first semester and I’ve been shooting the 3-point shot better than I ever have. I will continue to help my team on both sides of the ball during my second semester.”
Griffith has played in all 13 games this season, averaging 12.3 points per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from 3-point range. Griffith brings down 4.9 rebounds per game, and his top performances this year included scoring 20 points in Glendale’s 92-89 win over Phoenix College on Nov. 20.
Griffith has scored at least 10 points in four of his team’s last five games. He said that working with Rochelle coaches Tim Thompson and Jared Johnson over the summer helped him rediscover his shooting touch from the 3-point line. He also said he’s also made several new friends since moving from Illinois to Arizona.
“I didn’t shoot the ball that much at Kishwaukee and I really wanted to get that part of my game back,” Griffith said. “I worked very hard with coach Thompson and coach Johnson to get my 3-point shot back… My role on the team is being a leader with my energy level and positivity. I feel like I have a big role on the offensive side and the defensive side as well.”