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Griffin Challenge: Philly 3, Jersey 0(Philly is giving everyone problems these days) Scout.com
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Brown, Pepper Earn MVP's
Brown, Pepper Earn MVP's
 
National Recruiting Director
Posted Oct 27, 2008

NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – For the first time ever, Philadelphia teams swept the games at the 6th annual Eddie Griffin Challenge. Maalik Wayns, Dalton Pepper and Lance Brown played starring roles in the senior game.

Philadelphia is giving everyone problems these days.

So far, the Tampa Bay Rays haven’t figured out how to crack the code of the Phillies.

As of Sunday, you can add the state of New Jersey to the list of parties frustrated with the city.

The Eddie Griffin Challenge has been contested each of the last six years but never has there been a sweep in the yearly series until now. Philadelphia took its counterparts from the Garden State to the woodshed winning the sophomore, junior and senior games Sunday at the Barn on the campus of Rutgers University.

This was the most dramatic game in the history of the event. Dalton Pepper’s overtime stick back powered Philly to the 91-90 victory. Pepper, a West Virginia signee, demonstrated exactly why he’s going to be a good college player. With him, it’s not about the measurables but the intangibles. Winning clearly meant something to he and teammate Maalik Wayns. Philly won because these guys were the most competitive kids on the court.

MVP Pepper finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Wayns had 12 but it was his tenacity and coast-to-coast tough guy drives that defined his effort.

Jersey’s Lance Brown pumped in 23 points, 16 in the first half. Brown, a potential all Atlantic 10 talent for Fordham, was the best offensive weapon for his team on Sunday. Dominic Cheek finished with 13 points and had the play of the even when he caught an alley oop. Dexter Strickland had 11.

LINESCORE

NJ – Dexter Strickland 11, Tamir Jackson 17, Justin Crosgile 5, Lance Brown 22, Austin Johnson 4, Khalil Murphy 0, Dominic Cheek 13, Paris Bennett 6, Jamee Johnson 2, Carl Baptiste 0, Karon Abraham 5.

PHL – Nurideen Lindsey 12, Khalif Wyatt 7, Maalik Wayns 12, Rhalir Jefferson 7, Lamar Patterson 6, Dalton Pepper 19, Juanya Green 7, Rakeem Brookins 7, Dominic Morris 7, Markus Kennedy 5.

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Kennedy Getting Better
The final score read 98-93 but in actuality, the Garden State was lucky since it was down 20 points midway through the contest. MVP Markus Kennedy had 14 points and Tyrone Garland provided the pop from the backcourt with 15.

Kennedy, a wide-bodied block player, has made strides since the summer and you’ll see him signing with a high-major program one day. He’s got big paws and a soft touch; guys his size are hard to come by.

Derrick Williams took home the hardware for Jersey as the MVP with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Ron Roberts and wings Mike Poole and Aishon White each improved his stock and flashed potential for the Jersey crew. Roberts is undersized at the four spot but makes up for his shortcomings with a rebounding presence and live legs. White can stroke it and Poole has an all-around game that will get him looks from higher-level teams.

LINESCORE

NJ – Dondre Whitmore 7, Isaiah Epps 5, Mike Poole 9, Shaquille Thomas 9, Fuquan Edwin 8, Derrick Williams 14, Jayon James 7, Ron Roberts 12, Aaron Brown 11, Aishon White 10.

PHL – C.J. Aiken 7, Rakeem Brookins 17, Dominic Morris 8, Tyrone Garland 15, Travis Robinson 11, Markus Kennedy 14, Cameron Ayers 6, Matt Hankerson 0, Tyree Johnson 7, Torrel Candeleria 6.


Green Was MVP
Jersey seemed to have the better overall collection of talent. In the end, it didn’t matter as Philadelphia soundly defeated its rival 93-85 to get the Challenge started off properly for the Philly crew.

Juanya Green, a shooting guard, paced Philly with 17 points. The game’s leading scorer was Myles Davis, a noted shooter, who finished with 24. Philly sophs John Johnson (14) and Devin Coleman (15) also had strong efforts.

All-star games can be tough on big fellas but there were three of them we think you should commit to memory. Jersey’s Desmond Hubert displayed the biggest ceiling of all the bigs. Philly insiders Keith Coleman and Shawn Oakman are specimens. Oakman, also a football prospect, is the hardest playing of the bunch and he’s got natural defensive tools as well as a penchant for rebounding.

NJ – Sterling Gibbs 19, Myles Mack 6, Tyrone Johnson 12, Jarrelle Reischel 2, Myles Davis 24, Vaughn Gray 0, Khalid Lewis-El 8, Desmond Hubert 7, Jarrod Davis 4, Luke Piotrowski 3.

PHL – Joey Gripper 4, Aquil Younger 5, Shawn Oakman 6, John Johnson 14, Jalen Bond 12, Devin Coleman 15, Juanya Green 17, Scott Slade 4, Ameen Tankersley 13, Keith Coleman 4.

Organizer Jim Salmon awarded special achievement plaques to Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek for their silver medal performance with the U.S. under-18 junior national team last summer. Dexter Strickland was recognized with an award for his contributions to adidas Nations, a program that took him to Africa last summer. …

By our count, there were no less than four McDonald’s All-American voters in the building on Sunday. What does that mean? It means this was an opportunity to sway a vote or two your way and the guy who most took advantage of the chances was Wayns. …


Strickland, Wayns, Cheeks Honored
Tamir Jackson was on his way to a big outing. The Rice signee was sensational with his effort and intensity. When Brown slowed down, Jackson shouldered the burden of getting buckets. … Austin Johnson dropped 15 pounds and is in the best shape of his life. …

Shaquille Thomas is bigger, stronger and we expect his game to blossom, maybe into a Corey Brewer type. He couldn’t buy a perimeter hoop in the junior game but that did little to affect his overall projection. … Sophomore Jarrod Davis carries himself like a player. It’ll only be a matter of time for him. … Khalid Lewis-El was Jersey’s best player at both ends. He had 8 points, 7 assists and 7 steals. …

The six teams combined for one of the most frigid displays of free throw shooting we’ve ever seen. At one point, the 2011 contingent from Jersey was a combined 7-for-21 from the stripe. Official numbers weren’t kept but we can guarantee you they were nothing to be proud of and that goes for all the games. If poor free throw shooting is contagious we had a massive outbreak at the Barn. …

Shaquille Thomas indicated that Syracuse and West Virginia were on him the hardest. … Oakman has Marquette, Nebraska, Oregon and Arizona keeping tabs on him. … Piotrowski fouled out after three quarters. UCLA, Kansas, Memphis, Oregon State and Virginia have reached out to him. … Jarrod Davis has early interest from UAB, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, George Mason, Georgetown, Rutgers, Iona and St. Joe’s. … Poole has heard from St. John’s, Rutgers, Western Kentucky, Kansas, Florida, Marquette and Connecticut. … Aishon White has heard from Fordham, Siena, Houston and Quinnipiac. …

“Jersey, what is going on?”

  • P.A. announcer Jim Salmon after 2011’s Jersey kids fell behind 43-25


  • Friday, November 7
    PHILADELPHIA BREAKOUT THE BROOM IN NEW BRUNSWICK Report by Caainsinder.com
    Eddie Griffin Challenge 2008 - Sophomore Game
    Tuesday, 28 October 2008

    By Bill Martin
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    On Sunday CAA Insider traveled over to The Barn at Rutgers University for the 6th annual Eddie Griffin Challenge.  Every year the Eddie Griffin Challenge pits some of the top players in New Jersey against some of the best players from the Philadelphia area.

     

    Three games were played on Sunday.  The first game of the day was for current sophomores, followed by the junior game and then the senior finale.  For the first time in the history of this event one side won all three games with Philadelphia breaking out the brooms for the sweep.

    The following are player evaluations from the sophomore game, in which the Philadelphia team won by a score of 93-85.

    Sophomore Game

    New Jersey

    Myles Davis (2011, 6-2 SG)
    This was a fantastic game for Myles, as he earned himself MVP honors for his team.  He was deadly from three point land, hitting on at least four from long range.  Myles also got out on the break and scored a couple times.  Besides his scoring ability Myles showed the ability to pass the ball as well.  One possession he drove down the middle of the lane drawing the defender before finding an open man under the hoop.  On defense he picked the pocket of the point guard just as he crossed half court, this resulted in an easy lay up for Myles.

    Sterling Gibbs (2011, 6-0 PG/SG)
    Throughout this contest Sterling was in attack mode.  He consistently took the ball to the hoop and scored on some tough lay ups in traffic, but also missed a couple difficult but makeable lay ins.  Sterling missed the lone perimeter shot he attempted.

    Myles Mack (2011, 5-8 PG)
    Myles handled the ball well in this game and knocked down a pair of three pointers.

    Luke Piotrowski (2011, 6-9 PF)
    This was not a very productive game for Luke, and he fouled out of the game before the end of the third quarter.  Despite Luke not doing much offensively he still made an impression due to his size and touch on his shot.  He was the best free throw shooter in the game and showed a smooth stroke on all his attempts.  Where Luke really struggled was after catching the ball in the post.  His first move after the catch should have resulted in traveling calls on almost every occasion.

    Khalid Lewis-El (2011, 6-2 SG)
    While Khalid did not score a lot in this game, he was really a sparkplug for the NJ squad.  Defensively he was a force, playing very aggressively and racking up seven steals.  There was one series where Khalid stole the ball scored, then stole the ball again and hit another lay up.  Khalid also distributed the ball well matching his steal total in assists with seven.

    Desmond Hubert (2011, 6-8 PF)
    Desmond immediately stood out due to his length and athleticism.  He had a very impressive put back two hand slam off one of his teammates misses.  Desmond also runs the floor extremely well for a kid his size and was rewarded on one defensive possession when he got down the length of the court quickly and picked off a pass right under the hoop.  Desmond did not get a lot of offensive touches but he did attempt a hook shot but missed.

    Philadelphia

    Juan’ya Green (2011, 6-3 PG/SG)
    Juan’ya was given the game’s MVP award and deservedly so.  He showed his versatility scoring from inside and out, and also ran point at times.  Juan’ya started the game off early getting a quick steal and the ensuing easy lay up.  One of his most impressive plays of the day came when he made a beautiful spin move around his defender, then hit a lay up right over the defender that came over to help out.  On another possession he backed down a smaller guard and scored right over him.  He also hit a three pointer late in the game.  Juan’ya really stepped up his game late, helping his team secure the victory.

    Devin Coleman (2011, 6-4 SG/SF)
    Devin had some very strong takes in this game and finished well with contact.  He was not afraid to take it at taller players and proved he could score over them.  On one of his takes he missed the well defended lay up, but managed to grab his own rebound and then scored.  Devin did not take a lot of shots from the outside.  He did hit one three pointer but also missed badly on a pull up attempt from mid range.

    Joey Gripper (2011, 5-11 PG)
    This was a solid game for Joey running point for the Philly team.  He went at the hoop on quite a few occasions and showed the ability to adjust mid air to get his shot off.  He also was able to create easy lay ups for his teammates by driving to the hoop.  Joey did however struggle from the free throw line.

    John Johnson (2011, 6-1 PG/SG)
    John was impressive as usual in this contest.  He converted a lay up between two defenders for an early bucket.  He also had a couple impressive reverse lay ups to avoid blocks.  Defensively he had a big block himself pinning a lay up attempt against the glass, coming from behind on a fast break.  John had another great take where he went right over the big man in the middle for a hard earned basket.

    Shawn Oakman (2011, 6-7 PF)
    Shawn is a strong post player but really struggled to convert around the hoop in this one.  On one possession he missed three lay up attempts, but grabbed his own rebound on each one and eventually did get the ball through the hoop.  While Shawn did not get many touches in the post he did show off a drop step and lowered his shoulder a bit, pushing his defender far under the hoop, but again could not convert on the lay up attempt.  Throughout the entire game he was very effective on the boards using his size and strength, and had a couple buckets off put backs.  He also made a couple great outlet passes that jump-started fast breaks.  One of these outlet passes was preceded by a big time block by Shawn.  Shawn struggled with any kind of shots he took.  His free throw shooting was poor and he missed the lone jump shot he attempted.

    Ameen Tanksley (2011, 6-4 SF)
    Ameen was able to score around the hoop in this game.  He adjusted in mid air to score around a defender on one play, and hit a reverse lay up later in the game.  Ameen stole the ball and scored again on the inside while getting fouled on the play.  He demonstrated his athleticism when he attempted to dunk the ball right on a defender but was fouled on the play.  Ameen did attempt one shot from behind the arc but it was an air ball.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 October 2008 )

     

    Eddie Griffin Challenge 2008 - Junior Game
    Wednesday, 29 October 2008

    By Bill Martin
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    On Sunday CAA Insider traveled over to The Barn at Rutgers University for the 6th annual Eddie Griffin Challenge.  Every year the Eddie Griffin Challenge pits some of the top players in New Jersey against some of the best players from the Philadelphia area.

     

    Here are the player evaluations from the junior game, in which the Philadelphia team won by a score of 98-93 in overtime.

    Philadelphia

    Markus Kennedy (2010, 6-9 PF)
    This was an extremely impressive game for Markus.  On this day he was the best player on the court and deservedly was awarded the game’s MVP trophy.  Markus was really doing it all in this game.  He was grabbing rebounds and scoring around the hoop.  He showed a smooth stroke on his jump shot and hit out to the three point line.  He even hit a three pointer but that came in the senior game where he was filling in for a no show.  Markus also had a pair of dunks, one of which was an alley oop.  He even managed to make a couple nice passes including a long outlet pass to start a fast break.  Markus was a force on the interior in this game but his consistent jump shooting was really what impressed us.

    Tyree Johnson (2010, 5-8 PG)
    Tyree did a nice job of attacking the hoop and finishing in traffic.  He uses his body well to shield off defenders in order to get his shot off.  Tyree also showed excellent court vision finding open teammates for easy buckets.  He did try to do too much off the dribble at times, which resulted in a couple turnovers.  Tyree also missed the only two perimeter shots we saw him attempt.

    CJ Aiken (2010, 6-9 PF/C)
    CJ got off to a very slow start in this game.  He was having a difficult time catching passes, which resulted in a few turnovers.  Once when he tried to put the ball on the floor he had the ball ripped right out of his hands.  Later in the game he did score on a pair of put backs off his teammates misses.  One of these misses he grabbed high in the air and threw down a two-hand slam.

    Dominic Morris (2010, 6-7 PF)
    This was not a huge game for Dominic offensively but he definitely had an impact on the outcome of game.  Early on he pump faked, getting his defender in the air, then hit a short jumper just before the defender landed.  He did a nice job on the boards throughout the game and even ripped one rebound away from the opposition.  He was then fouled on his attempted put back.  Dominic’s biggest play of the game was strangely enough an easy lay up.  With time about to expire Dominic found himself open under the basket and caught a long pass from Tyrone Garland.  He put in the lay up right before the buzzer sounded tying the game and forcing overtime.

    Tyrone Garland (2010, 6-1 PG/SG)
    Tyrone was another player who got off to a bit of a slow start, as he could not get his jump shots to fall.  In the second half he started hitting his shots and his game really came alive.  He hit a pair of pull up, deep three pointers almost back to back.  Once he hit those jumpers, the defense really began to respect his shot, which allowed him to drive to the basket more.  Tyrone drove by his man on one occasion and then hit a lay up high off the glass with some spin on it, in order to get the attempt off over a taller defender.  He also scored a couple times out on the break, one of which he dunked on.  With time running out, Tyrone brought the ball up and the defense was focused on preventing him from shooting.  He then found Dominic Morris wide open under the hoop for the game tying bucket.

    Rakeem Brookins (2010, 5-11 PG)
    At the beginning of this game Rakeem was distributing the ball well, but was really struggling with his jump shot.  He was however able to score out on the break when his jumper was not falling.  Rakeem finally got a three pointer to fall late, tying the game up at 78.  He stepped up even more as the game went on; hitting a tough one-handed shot in the lane, while being fouled.  He hit the ensuing free throw, putting his team up 98-93 with under ten seconds remaining in the game.  This locked up the victory for the boys from Philly.

    New Jersey

    Dondre Whitmore (2010, 5-9 PG)
    Dondre did not have a big game offensively but he did knock down a three pointer.  He also had a lay up off the glass where he showed an extremely quick release.

    Mike Poole (2010, 6-5 SG/SF)
    Early in the game Poole caught our attention with a couple spectacular plays.  He made a beautiful spin move getting by his man, then shot a high arcing floater over a defender that hit nothing but the bottom of the net.  Poole followed this up by throwing down a monster dunk in traffic and directly over one unlucky defender.  On another play he hit an off balance, one-handed shot off the glass.  He was somewhat quiet later in the game.

    Shaquille Thomas (2010, 6-6 SF)
    Shaquille is very long and athletic.  His length allows him to shoot right over defenders and he can also hit pulling up off the dribble.  Shaquille had one great play where he grabbed a defensive rebound, dribbled the entire length of the court and flew in hitting a lay up on the on the other side of the rim.  Defensively he had a pair of blocks.

    Derrick Williams (2010, 6-6 PF)
    This forward looks more like a football player then a basketball player but he is quite a talent on the hardwood.  Derrick earned MVP honors for his team scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.  He was a beast on the boards and scored a lot of his points off put backs.  Derrick moves very well and is an impressive athlete for a kid his size.  He showed off his leaping ability on an alley oop two hand slam.  Derrick even displayed the ability to handle the ball by dribbling out on the break a couple times.  He did however throw away a bad outlet pass that sailed over his teammates head.

    Ron Roberts (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
    What really stands out about Roberts is his leaping ability.  He had an impressive dunk out on the break, and another right on top of a defender later in the game.  His jumping ability also allows him to block shots.  On one series he blocked a shot, then ran the length of the court beating the defense back, got a pass back to him and scored on a lay up.

    Jayon James (2010, 6-5 SF)
    Jayon is a big wing that can handle the ball and likes to attack off the dribble.  In this game he tried to exploit mismatches.  Any time a bigger forward would cover him, Jayon would try to take them off the dribble.  He showed the ability to pull up off the dribble, hitting a pair of mid range jumpers.  Jayon did air ball his lone three point attempt and also missed two crucial free throws in overtime.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 October 2008 )

     

    Eddie Griffin Challenge 2008 - Senior Game
    Friday, 31 October 2008

    By Bill Martin
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    This past Sunday CAA Insider traveled over to Rutgers University for the 6th annual Eddie Griffin Challenge. 

     

    The third and final game of the day pitted New Jersey's seniors against a Philadelphia team comprised mostly of seniors but due to a couple no shows, some of the younger standout players from the other two games filled in.  Here are the player evaluations from the senior game, in which the Philadelphia team won on a last second shot.

    New Jersey

    Lance Brown (2009, 6-3 SG) committed to Fordham
    One of the most impressive players on this day had to be Fordham commit Lance Brown.  He played well throughout the game but got out to a particularly fast start.  Right away he crossed his man over and left him standing still, then he hit a lay up while being fouled.  He did miss the free throw.  Lance then followed this up by hitting a mid range jumper.  It only got better from there, as Lance hit a pull up three pointer and then hit another three the next time he got the ball.  He also hit a turn around jumper in the lane a bit later in the game.  Lance even demonstrated his athletic ability when he had a dunk off an alley oop.  Late in the game when his team was down he picked up his defense.  He ripped the ball away from Nurideen Lindsey when Nurideen was driving to the hoop.  Lance also stole an inbounds pass right under the hoop and hit a lay up with only 9 seconds left in the game.  This put the NJ squad up 90-89.  They ended up losing the game but that did not take away from Lance’s performance.  He won MVP for his team and deservedly so after this spectacular performance.

    Paris Bennett (2009, 6-6 SF) committed to George Mason
    Right off the bat Paris grabbed a rebound and tried to get a fast break started with an outlet pass.  The pass was deflected though and resulted in a turnover.  Paris had another pass deflected later in the game that also fell into the hands of the other team.  From right around the foul line Paris caught a pass and proceeded to back his man down.  He then turned and hit a jump shot off the glass over the defender.  Paris attempted one shot from beyond the arc but it missed off the front of the rim.  Later in the game Paris looked to put the ball on the floor, driving to the hoop on multiple occasions.  On one take he missed the lay up but was fouled and converted both free throws.  Another time he drove the baseline and hit a lay up on the opposite side of the hoop.  Soon after this he had a nearly an identical drive along the baseline but this time was blocked.  Paris also showed some hustle by running down a loose ball.

    Justin Crosgile (2009, 5-11 PG/SG) committed to St. Joe’s
    This was an up and down game for Crosgile.  One play he hit a three pointer from beyond NBA range, and the next time he touched the ball he threw up an air ball off a pull up jumper.  He made a beautiful jump step to split two defenders but then failed to convert on a finger roll.  On another drive Crosgile got to the hoop but had his shot attempt partially blocked.  The ball came right back to him and he still managed to score.

    Karon Abraham (2009, 5-10 PG) committed to Robert Morris
    This was a good game for Karon.  He demonstrated the ability to get by his man using changes in speed and moves off the dribble.  One of his most effective moves was his crossover.  Karon crossed his man up on one possession but was still defended pretty well so he immediately crossed over in the other direction.  This time he got a step on his man and hit a pretty running floater.  He followed this up by hitting a three pointer. Later he had a strong take to the hoop, adjusted mid air to get his shot off but failed to convert.  After this he struggled some.  He missed a three and then a pull up jumper in the lane.  Karon made a great step under move to get by his man but again failed to convert.  He did however hit his last shot, which was from out beyond the arc.

    Jamee Jackson (2009, 6-7 PF) committed to Quinnipiac
    Jamee did a nice job on the boards but did very little offensively.  He missed a mid range jump shot and a put back.  He was however fouled on the put back attempt and knocked down both of the ensuing free throws.

    Carl Baptiste (2009, 6-9 PF/C) committed to St. Joe’s
    Baptiste barely got any touches in this game.  He did catch the ball once in the post and bulled his way to the hoop, but he went too far under and stepped out of bounds.

    Tamir Jackson (2009, 6-2 PG) committed to Rice
    At one point in this game Tamir just decided to take over.  He was getting to the hoop at will and was making some highly difficult lay ups despite a lot of contact.  Tamir also knocked down a couple threes.  He fired up the entire NJ squad and helped them pull ahead but in the end it was not enough.  He should prove to be an outstanding pick up for Rice.

    Philadelphia

    Maalik Wayns (2009, 6-1 PG) committed to Villanova
    Maalik used his combination of size and strength to attack the hoop all throughout this game.  When he wants to drive to the hoop he is very difficult to stop because he is too strong for smaller guards and too quick for bigger player.  He played very unselfishly, making great passes after driving to the basket, but also scored around the hoop as well.  A couple times he just bulled his way into the lane and converted lay ups with contact.  There were multiple times where Maalik grabbed a rebound and took the ball the length of the court all by himself, then got fouled at the hoop but still managed to score.  On another possession he made a great jump step move that got him by two defenders for an easy lay up.  Maalik did struggle some from the free throw line and did not attempt many outside shots but still a strong performance as usual.

    Dalton Pepper (2009, 6-6 SG/SF) committed to West Virginia
    Dalton seemed to score somewhat quietly in this game but still ended up with 19.  He did however make a couple of stand out plays. After a steal he found himself on a one on one break.  He made a great dribble hesitation move and then crossed over to get by his man.  Dalton then showed off his athleticism by throwing down a one-hand slam.  Down 1 point and with only a few tics left on the clock, Dalton got the ball and put up a shot just as time ran out.  The ball bounced once off the rim but then dropped in, winning the game for Philly and completing the three game sweep.  This game winning shot helped propel Dalton to win the games MVP trophy.

    Rahlir Jefferson (2009, 6-6 SF) committed to Temple
    While this was not a huge game offensively for Rahlir he definitely showed that he could do a variety of things.  He knocked down a mid range jumper early.  Rahlir got up the court quickly and received a long pass but it was a little too far.  He ended up having to leap out of bounds to grab the ball but made a beautiful no look pass behind him that went right to an open man under the hoop for an easy bucket.  Rahlir made another great pass later in the game when he threw an outlet pass from under the hoop to across half court, which was right on the money.  He also demonstrated his athletic ability on a pair of dunks.  One of which was a tomahawk jam after he made a steal and got out on the break all by himself.

    Nurideen Lindsey (2009, 6-2 SG) committed to La Salle
    Nurideen had an alley oop dunk and scored a couple times out on the break.  He also made a few circus shots around the hoop.  He hit one lay up over his shoulder to avoid a block and it hit high off the glass and in.  Nurideen also had a beautiful reverse where he jumped up on one side of the rim, then brought the ball down under a defender, and brought it back up on the other side of the rim and banked it in.  On yet another spectacular play, Nurideen went behind his back and then got knocked into by a defender.  This knocked him back and was off balance, but he still managed to hit a shot off the glass.

    Khalif Wyatt (2009, 6-4 PG/SG) committed to Temple
    Khalif was quiet at first in this game but got more aggressive as the game wore on.  He made a tough lay up with his arm fully extended to avoid a block and banked in the attempt high off the glass.  After grabbing a rebound Khalif drove the length of the court made a spin move as he was closing in on the hoop.  He then hit an off balance lay up right out of the spin.  On one close range attempt he jumped to take a shot but released the ball just before he landed to avoid getting blocked

    Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2008 )

     



    Friday, November 7
    RIVALS.COM SAYS IT'S A PHILLY SWEEP Report by Jay Gomes NJHOOPSRIVALS.com

    October 26, 2008

    The 6th Annual Eddie Griffin Challenge was held this afternoon at the Barn in New Brunswick on the Rutgers campus.

    NJ Hoops
    Dexter Strickland, Malik Wayns, Dom Cheek
    All three games were close but NJ dropped all three contests to the Philadelphia area teams.

    The event started with the sophomore contest and Philadelphia started the day off with a 93-85 victory. The Philly squad was in control almost throughout up 13 at the half 12 after three. 6-foot-2 Juanya Green of Archbishop Carroll led the balanced attack with 18 points and was named MVP. 6-foot-2 Myles Davis now at St. Peter's Prep after transferring from St. Benedict's knocked down 4 treys and scored a game high 24 points to lead NJ.

    In the middle game Philly bounced back from a 52-36 halftime deficit to tie the game at the buzzer and force overtime. Philly scored at the buzzer on a nice pass from 6-foot-1 Tyrone Garland of Bartram to 6-foot-7 Dom Morris of Friends Central. Philly came out on top after the extra session for a 98-93 win.

    6-foot-8 Markus Kennedy of Apex Academy was MVP for the winners with 17 points and 14 boards. 6-foot-6 Derrick Williams of St. Anthony's was MVP for NJ with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

    The final game turned into a thriller with the crowd standing and cheering the final exciting minutes. Philly captured the sweep with a 91-90 win at the buzzer on an offensive rebound from 6-foot-4 Dalton Pepper of Pennsbury. It looked like the game ended on the play but the refs put two more seconds on the clock. NJ jumped out 25-15 after one quarter but fell behind 46-45 after intermission.

    The West Virginia bound Pepper was named MVP with 19 points and 9 boards. 6-foot-4 Fordham bound Lance Brown of Paterson Catholic was NJ MVP with 22 points, 16 in the first half and 6 in the fourth quarter.

    6-foot-1 Villanova bound Malik Wayns was unstoppable going to the hoop for Philly with his strength and quickness. 6-foot-6 Dom Cheek of St. Anthony's got it going in the final quarter with 9 of his 13 points for NJ including a spectacular dunk.

    The final quarter was memorable as big time players took turns making big plays in front of a enthusiastic crowd.

    Before the senior game Wayns, Dexter Strickland of St. Patrick's and Cheek were honored with special plaques from EGC organizer Jimmy Salmon for their commitment and success with USA Basketball this summer as well as their commitment to the Eddie Griffin Challenge through the past three years.

     

    SOPHOMORE STATISTICS

    The best young players in New Jersey took on their counterparts from Philadelphia in the first game of the afternoon at Rutgers in the Sophomore Game of the Eddie Griffin Challenge. Philadelphia started the day off with a 93-85 win. Our unofficial game stats:

    NJ Hoops
    Tyrone Johnson
    Tyrone Johnson

    6-foot-2

    Plainfield

    Shooting Guard

    12 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals

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    Sterling Gibbs
    Sterling Gibbs

    6-foot

    Seton Hall Prep

    Point Guard

    19 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

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    Vaughn Gray
    Vaughn Gray

    6-foot-4

    Don Bosco

    Wing

    2 rebounds, 1 steal

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    Myles Davis
    Myles Davis

    6-foot-2

    St. Peter's Prep

    Shooting Guard

    24 points, 4 treys, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals

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    Miles Mack
    Myles Mack

    5-foot-8

    Paterson Catholic

    Point Guard

    6 points, 2 treys, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

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    Jarrod Davis
    Jarrod Davis

    6-foot-5

    Lakewood

    Combo forward

    4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists

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    Khalid Lewis-El
    Khalid Lewis-El

    6-foot-2

    Tremton Catholic

    Wing

    7 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 steals, 1 block

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    Desmond Hubert
    Desmond Hubert

    6-foot-8

    New Egypt

    Post

    7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks

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    Luke Piotrowski
    Luke Piotrowski

    6-foot-9

    Atlantic Christian

    Post

    3 points, 2 rebounds

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    Jarelle Reischel
    Jarrelle Reischel

    6-foot-5

    Point Pleasant Beach

    2 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks

    Philadelphia 2011 Class (SOPHOMORES)

    Devin Coleman 6-foot-4 Friends Central HS

    15 points, 1 trey, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks

    Juanya Green 6-foot-2 Carroll HS

    18 points, 1 trey, 1 steal, 1 assist

    Joey Gripper 5-foot-11 Abington Friends

    4 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals

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    John Johnson
    John Johnson 6-foot-1 Girard College HS

    14 points, 1 trey, 3 rebounds, 1 block

    Ameen Tanksley 6-foot-2 Prep Charter HS

    13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

    Jalen Bond 6-foot-6 Plymouth Whitemarsh HS

    12 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal

    Scott Slade Monsignor Bonner

    2 points, 6 rebounds,1 steal

    Keith Coleman Cheltenham

    4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal

    Aquil Younger 6-foot-0 West Catholic HS

    5 points, 1 assist, 1 steal

    Shawn Oakman 6-foot-8 Pennwood HS

    6 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal

     

    JUNIOR STATISTICS

    The middle game of the Eddie Griffin Challenge tripleheader featured the NJ 11th graders versus the Philadelphia junior stars. Philly edged NJ 98-93 in overtime.

    Our unofficial game stats:

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    Mike Poole
    Mike Poole

    6-foot-5

    Small Forward

    St. Benedict's

    9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

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    Fuquan Edwin
    Fuquan Edwin

    6-foot-5

    Small Forward

    Paterson Catholic

    10 points, 1 trey, 1 rebound

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    Shaquille Thomas
    Shaquille Thomas

    6-foot-7

    Small Forward

    Paterson Catholic

    8 points, 1 trey, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist, 1 block

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    Derrick Williams
    Derrick Williams

    6-foot-6

    Power Forward

    St. Anthony's

    14 points, 11 rebounds, 1 block

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    Isiah Epps
    Isiah Epps

    6-foot-1

    Combo Guard

    Plainfield

    5 points, 1 trey, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

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    Jayon James
    Jayon James

    6-foot-5

    Point Guard

    Paterson Catholic

    7 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

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    Dondre Whitmore
    Dondre Whitmore

    5-foot-8

    Point Guard

    Trenton Catholic

    7 points, 1 trey, 1 rebound, 1 assist

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    Aishon White

    Aishon White

    6-foot-2

    Shooting Guard

    Union

    10 points, 2 treys, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals

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    Ron Roberts

    Ron Roberts

    6-foot-6

    St. Peter's Prep

    Combo Forward

    12 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

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    Aaron Brown
    Aaron Brown

    6-foot-5

    St. Benedict's

    Small Forward

    11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist

    Philly Juniors Class of 2010 (JUNIORS):

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    Rakeem Brookins
    Rakeem Brookins

    5-foot-11 Roman Catholic HS

    18 points, 2 treys, 5 rebounds, 1 assist

    Dominic Morris

    6-foot-7 Friends Central HS

    8 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 assist

    Travis Robinson

    6-foot-4 Penn Charter HS

    11 points, 1 trey, 1 rebound, 1 steal

    Matt Henkerson

    2 points, 2 rebounds

    Tyree Johnson

    7 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal

    Terrell Candelaria

    Girard College

    6 points, 2 treys, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal

    Marcus Kennedy

    6-foot-8 Apex Academies

    17 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

    Cameron Ayers

    6-foot-5 Germantown Academy HS

    6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist

    Tyrone Garland

    6-foot-1 John Bartram HS

    16 points, 2 treys, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

    CJ Aikens

    6-foot-10 Plymouth Whitemarsh HS

    7 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal

     

    SENIORS STATISTICS

    The final game of the 2008 Eddie Griffin Challenge was an exciting contest, one of the best all star games NJ Hoops has seen in many years. Philadelphia edged NJ 91-90 in the final seconds. The Philly team was shorthanded bringing up a few players from the earlier games including the MVP's of the Junior and Sophomore games.

    Our unofficial stats:

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    Dexter Strickland

    Dexter Strickland

    6-foot-2

    St. Patrick's

    Combo

    North Carolina

    11 points, 1 trey, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal

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    Dom Cheek

    Dom Cheek

    6-foot-6

    St. Anthony's

    Shooting Guard

    Undecided

    13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block

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    Austin Johnson

    Austin Johnson

    6-foot-8

    Blair

    Power Forward/Center

    Rutgers

    4 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block

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    Justin Crosgile

    Justin Crosgile

    6-foot

    Depaul

    Combo guard

    St. Joseph's

    5 points, 1 trey, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

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    Tamir Jackson

    Tamir Jackson

    6-foot-2

    St. Benedict's

    Point Guard

    Rice

    19 points, 2 treys, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 2 steals

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    Paris Bennett

    Paris Bennett

    6-foot-6

    St. Patrick's

    Combo forward

    George Mason

    8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

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    Carl Baptiste

    Carl Baptiste

    6-foot-8

    North Hunterdon

    Center

    St. Joseph's

    2 rebounds

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    Khalil Murphy

    Khalil Murphy

    6-foot-7

    Apex Academies

    Combo Forward

    Undecided

    1 rebound