Faith Christian's Griswould choses Orange and Garnet for college basketball

Faith Christian's Griswould choses Orange and Garnet for college basketball

Jordan Griswould, a senior at Faith Christian High School, has committed to continue his education and collegiate basketball career at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn.

Griswould, an Anniston, Ala. native, played his high school basketball under the direction of Head Coach Brad Yarbrough. During his tenure with the Lions, this 6-foot-3, 175-pound wing has earned All-Area honors along with becoming a three-time All-County player. He led Faith Christian High School to a 12-9 record in 2017, following his North South All-Star experience in 2016.

This talented wing averaged an amazing 21.5 points per game during his senior season with the Lions, while nearing a double-double average with eight boards per contest. Griswould had four assists per game, while shooting 49 percent from the floor. He had a 36 percent effort from behind the arc, while knocking down 70 percent of his charity tosses.

"Jordan has the size and athleticism to play at the college level," Maryville College Head Basketball Coach Randy Lambert said. "He provides rebounding from the wing position and has the ability to finish around the basket. We are excited about adding someone with his potential and character to our program."

Griswould is the son of Elizabeth Griswould.

He joins a Maryville College program that has been led by Lambert for the past 37 seasons. With 679 career victories, Lambert is one of the most successful NCAA Division III coaches. He is currently ranked fourth in the country among active head coaches and ninth among all-time coaches for most victories. Backed by its consistency in winning and its up-tempo style of play, his program is considered one of the best in the nation.

Last season, the Scots won a share of the USA South Athletic Conference Regular Season Title, while rattling off their 18th 20-plus win season with a 20-7 record. Lambert led Spencer Shoffner to become the first USA South Player of the Year for the program in 2016, while guiding five Scots to All-American mentions during his tenure in Bobby Golden, Sidney Ellis, Eryk Watson, Greg Hernandez and Jaumonee Byrd. Lambert has led Maryville to 18 National Tournament appearances – 12 straight – including three Sweet 16 appearances and one Elite 8 showing in 1990-1991.

Lambert graduated from Maryville High School in 1972, before playing basketball at Maryville College. He was a four-year starter for the Scots, garnering numerous honors, including the 16th-leading scorer in the nation during his senior year. With 1,489 career points, he is currently listed as the sixth-leading scorer in MC basketball history.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester was 1,197.