October 8, 1974 |
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (213 cm)|
|Listed weight||280 lb (127 kg)|
|High school||King (Chicago, Illinois)|
|NBA draft||1995 / 38th overall|
|Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks|
|Pro playing career||1995–2010|
|1997–1998||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2005||Capitanes de Arecibo|
|2007–2010||CSU Asesoft Ploiesti|
|Career highlights and awards|
Rashard Nathan Griffith (born October 8, 1974) is an American retired 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. Griffith held the individual block record until February 26, 2013, when he was surpassed by Jared Berggren. After his sophomore year, Griffith turned pro, though his entire professional career has been spent in international play, primarily in Turkey, Spain, and Italy. He was drafted 38th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1995 NBA Draft.
A powerful center, 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 Jaric 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 to date Griffith has never played in the NBA.
|Illinois Mr. Basketball