By Jake Weese ’18
Senior Year is a time to look forward as well as a time to reflect. You can’t help but think about your years at Randolph and what it is meant to you: Friends, classes, trips, and sports. I will be interviewing seniors throughout the year from all sports for their last thoughts as a Raider. This Week I spoke with Will Griffin one of the seniors on the basketball team.
What colleges are you looking at for next year?
Will Griffin: I’m looking at Auburn and Butler as of right now.
What’s your favorite class this year?
Will Griffin: My favorite class this year is probably AP economics.
What’s this basketball season been like so far?
Will Griffin: It’s been really fun so far, much different from last year in terms of pace of play.
What basketball game are you most looking forward to playing in this year?
Will Griffin: I’m really excited for senior night against Decatur Heritage. It is going to be a really special night for me and should be something I never forget.
How does it feel to be one of the seniors on the team?
Will Griffin: It’s a lot different than other years because you know it is your last year of basketball. Also, it is a lot different because of the leadership role that you are placed into and expected to fulfill the role as a leader.
Do you participate in any sports besides basketball?
Will Griffin: I also play baseball at Randolph, I pitch and play shortstop.
Do you do anything outside of sports for either Randolph or your community?
Will Griffin: I volunteer at A New Leash on Life occasionally and I am the class secretary at Randolph.
How long have you been playing basketball?
Will Griffin: I started playing competitive basketball when I was four or five years old.
What does it mean for you to have been on the Varsity team all four years?
Will Griffin: It’s been really special because I got to play with older guys that were able to teach me a lot about the game and now I get to pass that knowledge onto younger players who will lead the program in the future.
What will you miss most about Randolph next year?
Will Griffin: I’m going miss just knowing everyone and being in such a tight knit community.
Favorite basketball memory/favorite game?
Will Griffin: My favorite basketball memory was when I was going into 6th grade and I was playing in a travel tournament against Madison Academy and we were down by 2 with 3 or 4 seconds left. Graham’s dad was coaching, and he drew up a last second play where Ramann would inbound the ball to Graham, I would cut to the middle of the floor around half court and shoot it or pass it up for a 3 pointer. The play worked to perfection and I caught the ball just short of half court with one second left, I took one dribble and shot. The buzzer sounded, and the ball floated through the air for what seemed like eternity before going into the basket. Nothing but net. Raiders win.
How did it feel to score 1000 points?
Will Griffin: I didn’t know it happened at the time, I knew I was close before the game, but I wasn’t sure how close. After the game Coach Bunnell came up and told me that I scored my 1000th point and I didn’t know what to say. I wasn’t happy or sad I was just thinking to myself like “wow, I scored 1000 points”. After a while though I realized what had happened and then I got pretty excited.
You’ve been on Varsity all four years, you’ve scored a thousand points. What do you want your basketball legacy to be?
Will Griffin: I just want to be known as one of the hardest workers and one of the greatest competitors that has played at Randolph. I want to be known as the guy who always tried to make the right play for the team and a guy who plays unselfishly.