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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.

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