October 8, 1974 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||280 lb (127 kg)|
|High school||King (Chicago, Illinois)|
|NBA draft||1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall|
|Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks|
|1997–1998||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2005||Capitanes de Arecibo|
|2005–2006||Aguas de Calpe|
|2007–2010||CSU Asesoft Ploiesti|
|Career highlights and awards|
Rashard Nathan Griffith (born October 8, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player.
Griffith, a native of Chicago, Illinois, starred for the nationally ranked King Jaguars of the Chicago Public League, where he was part of a "twin towers," as King, coached by Landon Cox, had 7'2" Thomas Hamilton and the 7'0" Griffith. Griffith had been considered the top prep center in the country until he was outplayed by Rasheed Wallace at the prestigious Nike Camp in Indianapolis. King won a state championship in 1993, and after dominating the high school ranks and being named Illinois Mr. Basketball, Rashard joined the Wisconsin Badgers college basketball team. Griffith selected Wisconsin over several schools; including University of Illinois, against the advice of his mother. In only two seasons, Griffith set the Wisconsin individual record for most blocks in a career (since surpassed). After his sophomore year, Griffith turned pro.
Griffith earned a spot on the All-Euroleague Second team in the Euroleague 2000-01 season while playing for Kinder Bologna alongside Manu Ginóbili, Marko Jarić and Antoine Rigaudeau. Kinder Bologna won the Triple Crown in Basketball the same year. After his success in Europe, the Orlando Magic acquired Griffith's draft rights in a trade during the 2002 NBA draft with the intent of adding him to their roster, but Griffith has never played in the NBA.
He has also played for Tofaş Bursa in Turkey, Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, TAU Cerámica, Tenerife and Calpe in Spain, Lottomatica Roma in Italy and Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rico. He helped Tofas to win back-to-back Turkish League titles in 1999 and 2000, as well as making it to the 1997 Korać Cup final against Aris. He also won the 1998 Israeli League with Maccabi and the 2005 Puerto Rican League with Arecibo.