Offers come rolling in for Lady Bears

Griffin High’s Samiah Puckett is shown at the free-throw line during a game against Loganville in the quarterfinal-round of the Class AAAAA State Tournament last season at The House in Griffin.

With several players receiving offers to play at the next level, the good news continues to follow the Griffin High girls basketball team.

After winning the region championship for the second time in three seasons, the Lady Bears (19-8) are enjoying the spoils from making a run to the Class AAAAA state semifinals last season where they were eliminated 75-52 by eventual state champ Woodward Academy in College Park.

Nonetheless, the college scouts have stood up and took notice.

Griffin head coach DeAndra Brown said senior Nadiyah Byard and juniors Aaliyah Duranham and Samiah Puckett have received offers this offseason.

Puckett, a 6-foot-3 forward who led the team averaging 12.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg last season, has received offers from Georgia Southern and Western New Mexico State (where former Griffin High and Syracuse standout Josh Pace is the head coach) as well as Navy.

Duranham, a 5-foot-9 guard/small forward who averaged 12.4 ppg (second best on the team) and 0.9 rpg, has received an offer from Kennesaw State University.

Byard, a 6-foot-1 forward who averaged 6.4 ppg and 2.2 rpg (second best on the team), has received offers from Appalachian State and Charleston Southern University.

The Lady Bears have worked out throughout the summer in the weight room, on the court and at various team and individual camps.

Basketball teams can begin preseason practice this season on Oct. 25. The first date teams are allowed to play is Nov. 12 this season.