Just recently, Njeri Griffin went on and on about how enthused she is to be an avid basketball mom.
The mother of Bradshaw Christian School combo guard Ramia Griffin, Njeri Griffin would be the first to tell you that preparing to watch her daughter in action isn’t just a common routine, but an adventure, of sorts.
“I get up, make breakfast, give a little pep talk and send her off with love,” Njeri Griffin said during a recent interview from Sacramento, California. “Her team travels together on a van. Then when I get to the games, I’m cheering the loudest…sometimes I even bring my pom poms and signs.”
Because Ramia often has a full basketball slate, considering she plays for both her school and on the AAU circuit, her mother occasionally finds herself commuting from various gyms throughout the Sacramento area to show support for her daughter, a rising prep standout who, given her immense strides in recent years, appears destined to put her skills on display at the collegiate level.
Ramia Griffin is the catalyst of a Bradshaw Christian team that is currently staging an impressive postseason run in California’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. The No. 2 seed Pride faced third-seeded West Campus in Wednesday night’s semifinals with the winner advancing to the Section championship Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PST at Sleep Train Arena against the winner of No. 1-seed Brookside versus No. 4-seed Dixon.
To her credit, Ramia Griffin’s solid contributions are amongst the reasons Bradshaw Christian took a season-best six-game winning streak into Wednesday night’s game against West Campus. For starters, this speedy junior guard has proven to be consistent on both ends of the floor. According to Maxpreps.com, the 5-foot-7 Ramia Griffins has appeared in 26 of The Pride’s 29 games, averaging 6.2 points, one assist, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.6 steals and two blocks for a Bradshaw Christian squad that ran the table in Sierra Delta League play (12-0).
Add to the fact that this multi-purpose player has demonstrated the ability to be a game changer time and again throughout her prep career, and it’s no wonder the possibility exists that college scouts and recruiters will commence to inquiring her services as early as before what figures to be an intriguing senior campaign next year.
Because of her size, assertiveness, and solid frame, Ramia undoubtedly has the tools to be a suitable fit for a mid-major college program.
“I would cry with overwhelming joy of something I have dreamed and prayed about for years,” said Ramia, explaining how happy would you be if she is offered a chance to play at the collegiate level.
If, in fact, her dream of playing at the college ball comes to fruition, without question she will have arguably her grandest supporter to thank.
“My mom is my No. 1 fan and I can’t fathom enough how much she has sacrificed for me to make my dream a reality,” Ramia said. “My favorite advice from my mom is that she always encourages me to do my best and to work hard on the court and to encourage my teammates, but I love everything my coaches tell me because it sets me up to be successful.”
As The Pride continues what has been a dramatic postseason run, amongst Ramia’s objectives, particularly in the offseason is continue to upgrade her mechanics at the guard position and keep a positive frame of mind — regardless of how insurmountable challenges become on and off the court.
“I’m so proud of my daughter,” said Njeri, assessing her daughter’s success on and off the court. “Not only for what she does on the court, but also off the court. She is strong; she plays hard, gives 100 percent, encourages her teammates, and listens to her coaches.”
What Njeri deems mostly impressive is that her daughter has proven to be a fixture in the community, particularly as it relates to showing respect for authoritative figures, a key attribute scouts are almost certain to find attractive during the always intense recruiting process.
“I am so proud of her off the court too because people always tell me about how nice, respectful and polite she is,” Njeri said. “Parents and coaches always pull me to the side and say, ‘You have a wonderful daughter who is always so positive, always smiles, always says hi, always so sweet.’ I love hearing that as a parent.”
Not to mention, as a devoted basketball mom.
Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.