April 19, 2013
AUBURN - Matthew Atewe, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound center from Brampton, Ont., Canada.; Chris Griffin, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward from Tallahassee, Fla.; and Dion Wade, a 6-foot-7, 180-pound guard from Antwerp, Belgium., have signed national letters of intent to attend Auburn University and play basketball in 2013-14, head coach Tony Barbee announced Friday.
Atewe is attending Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., where he averaged close to a double-double in points and rebounds for coach Ryan Hurd. Prior to playing at Notre Dame Prep, he attended Father Henry Karr High in Ontario. A member of the Canadian Junior National Team, Atewe was selected to represent Canada in the 2012 Nike Global Challenge.
Planning to major in business administration, Atewe has a 3.3 GPA. He chose Auburn over Nebraska, Charlotte and Nevada.
Griffin averaged 10.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists for Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, Ill., for coach Dan Sparks. He started 10 of 15 games while shooting 35.1 percent from the floor, 28.3 percent from 3-point range and 85.5 percent from the foul line.
Griffin appeared in 22 games as a freshman at Murray State in 2010-11 while averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds. He had a career-high five points three times vs. Morehead State, Tennessee Tech and SIU-Edwardsville. An all-state player in high school, he averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three blocks as a senior at Tallahassee Leon High School in 2009-10. As a junior, he averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks at Tallahassee FAMU High where he had seven triple-doubles and totaled 40 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks vs. Leon High.
Floridahoops.com, Floridaprospect.com and Breakdown magazine ranked him in the top 25 players in the state and Scout.com ranked him in the top 100 small forwards in the nation.
Griffin chose Auburn over Rutgers, DePaul and Florida Gulf Coast. His father, David, played basketball at Penn State in the late 1980s.
Wade, who attends No. 1 ranked Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., is a teammate of Auburn early signee, Benas Griciunas, under coach Todd Simon. Wade was a McDonald's All-American nominee as he shot 38 percent form 3-point range and 80 percent from the foul line. He played for the Belgium Junior National Team last summer. He chose Auburn over Southern Cal, Gonzaga, UTEP and San Diego State.
Findlay has seven signees or commitments off its undefeated team this year. His father, Butch, was a standout at the University of Michigan and played professionally in Europe.
The trio joins November signees Ronald Delph, a 7-foot, 235-pound center from Winter Haven, Fla.; Benas Griciunas, a 7-foot, 225-pound center from Silute, Lithuania.; and Tahj Shamsid-Deen, a 5-foot-10, 162-pound point guard from Decatur, Ga.