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Allen Griffin is back at SU, 20 years after he arrived as a true freshman

Allen Griffin is home.

"It's a dream come true" he says.

Griffin is Jim Boeheim's newest assistant coach, filling the opening left by Mike Hopkins departure.

Allen says his first emotion upon hearing that Hopkins was leaving was joy for a friend and mentor, it wasn't until two days later when text messages were exhanged with Jim Boeheim that his new reality hit him.

Citing strong relationships with Gerry McNamara and Adrian Autry, Griffin knows he already does, and will continue to fit in on the Orange staff.

He'll work with the Orange's forwards and centers, along with working the recruiting trail.

When asked about the pieces coming back next year, Allen can't help but smile.

“We got great pieces here, you know I got a chance to watch these guys play a little pick up you know from my window here (at the Melo Center) I watched every game last year so I am very in tune with that we got here and we got a lot of great pieces here that could really do a lot of good things” Griffin says.

His entire Orange career he was that tough and gritty New York City point guard, willing his way to the basket and to the win column.

20 years later, nothing's changed.

"I'm still the same guy as a player that I am as a coach. I go out there and I try to earn everything I've got, and get and work as hard as I can" Allen says.

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