Former Texas Southern two-sport star Derrick Griffin announced that he has signed with Los Angeles Lakers G-League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.
Griffin played both basketball and football during his two-year stint at Texas Southern where he was the SWAC Player of the Year in 2015-16 and was also named Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-SWAC and an honorable mention All-American.
He was also an all-conference player for the Texas Southern football team and was named Second Team All-SWAC, leading the conference with 11 touchdown catches.
His college career then became cloudy after he was dismissed from the Tigers football team early into the 2016 season, though he stayed on the basketball team. But then a few weeks later, he announced he was ending his college basketball career to focus on preparing for the NFL Draft. He hired an agent.
After some hype leading into the draft as a potential late-round pick, Griffin didn’t end up being selected in 2017 but he did receive several tryout invites and ended up with the Minnesota Vikings.
He was eventually cut and has been in limbo ever since.
Coming out of high school, Griffin was rated as a four-star recruit and the No.3 ranked wide receiver in the entire country. He originally committed to play football for the Miami Hurricanes but never set foot on campus due to academic issue and he eventually ended up at Texas Southern playing two sports.
Griffin is a freakish athlete who dominated his opponents during his brief college basketball career. He averaged 12.7 points per game along with 11 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over 40 career games.