Eric Griffin named to NCCSIA All-State men's basketball first team

Eric Griffin 
(photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Eric Griffin (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Eric Griffin of Campbell University has been named to the 2011-12 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division All-State Men's Basketball Team.  Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals. 

NCCSIA members voted for the all-state teams.  Teams are selected for men and women in both the college and university (NCAA Division I) divisions.

The entire five-man first team consisted of senior student-athletes.

UNC Asheville guard Matt Dickey, who averaged 16.1 points to lead the Bulldogs to the Big South Conference regular-season and tournament titles, led all vote-getters.  He was joined on the first team by teammate J.P. Primm, High Point's Nick Barbour, Griffin and North Carolina Central's Dominique Sutton.

Griffin, a senior forward from Orlando, Fla., was also a first team all-Big South performer.  He averaged 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds for the Camels with a .610 field goal percentage.  He ranked sixth in the nation in shooting and set a single-season school-record with 73 blocks.  His .559 career field goal pct. is also a new school record.

He was also named to the All-District 3 Division I men's basketball team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).  Griffin was also named the Big South player of the year and joined teammate Darren White on the Madness Big South first-team. also chose Griffin to its 5-man Big South all-conference unit.

In only two varsity seasons, Griffin finished third on Campbell's career blocked shots (134) list.  He produced 17 career double-doubles, including 12 as a senior.  In addition, he was a semifinalist in both the ESPN Dunks of the Year competition and State Farm Dark Horse Dunker race.

He produced 5 of the top 7 blocked shots performances by a Big South player this year, including career-high 6 at Iowa, where he scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Campbell's 77-61 win over the Hawkeyes. He topped all Big South players with 7 games of 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds and has set a school senior class (Division I era) record for rebounds (268).

Dickey, a senior from Trussville, Ala., was named the Big South Conference Player of the Year.  He ranked fourth in the Big South with that 16.1 scoring average and completed his career as Asheville's third all-time leading scorer with 1,778 career points.  A member of the Big south all-Academic team, Dickey helped the Bulldogs to a 24-10 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Barbour, a senior guard from Danville, Va., averaged 20.4 points to lead the Big South Conference.  A first-team all-Big South selection, Barbour ranked 12th in the NCAA in scoring.  He finished his career as High Point's all-time leader in three-pointers made (314) and was second all-time with 2,121 career points.

Primm, a senior guard from Dickson, Tenn., was the Big South Tournament MVP after leading the Bulldogs to the title.  A second-team all-Big South performer, Primm averaged 15.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and a team-high 4.2 assists and 1.8 steals.  He retired as Asheville's all-time leader in both assists (607) and steals (244) and was fifth all-time in scoring with 1,689 career points.

Sutton, a senior forward from Durham, N.C., averaged 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds for NC Central.  A first team all-MEAC selection, he ranked fourth in the league in scoring and sixth in rebounding.  His .579 field goal pct. was in the nation's top 15.

Five players were also named second team all-state. Charlotte junior Chris Braswell, Elon teammates Jack Isenbarger and Lucas Troutman, Western Carolina's Harouna Mutomba and UNC Greensboro's Trevis Simpson made up the second team.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.  The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools.  Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information. 

NCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association

2011-12 University Division All-State Men's Basketball Teams

Pos. / Name / Class / School / Hometown
G / Nick Barbour / Sr. / High Point / Danville, Va.
G / Matt Dickey / Sr. / UNC Asheville / Trussville, Ala.
F / Eric Griffin / Sr. / Campbell / Orlando, Fla.
G / J.P. Primm / Sr. / UNC Asheville / Dickson, Tenn.
F / Dominique Sutton / Sr. / North Carolina Central / Durham, N.C.

C / Chris Braswell / Jr. / Charlotte / Capitol Heights, Md.
G / Jack Isenbarger / So. / Elon / Zionsville, Ind.
G / Harouna Mutombo / Sr. / Western Carolina / Pickering, Ontario
G / Trevis Simpson / So. / UNC Greensboro / Douglas, Ga.
F / Lucas Troutman / So. / Elon / Belton, S.C.

Campbell University All-Time NCCSIA All-State Men's Basketball Selections (since 2003)
Eric Griffin (2012 1st team)
Junard Hartley (2010 2nd team)
Maurice Latham (2006 1st team)
Jonathan Rodriguez (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 1st team)