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Eddie Griffin Challenge 2009 - Junior Game
Friday, 06 November 2009

By Bill Martin
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The Sunday before last we travelled over to Conshohocken Pennsylvania to catch the annual Eddie Griffin Challenge, which pits some of the top talent in New Jersey against some of the best Philadelphia area players.

There are 3 games broken up by class, so there is a senior, junior and sophomore game.  We were able to just catch the end of the sophomore game and saw that the Philadelphia squad came out victorious.

We were able to see both of the other games in their entirety.  The first of the 2 remaining contests was the junior game.  It was a hard fought battle between the Philly and Jersey juniors but New Jersey came out on top. 

The following are player evaluations from the junior game.

New Jersey

Myles Davis (2011, 6-1 PG/SG)
The versatility of Myles Davis was on full display in this game.  He showed he could handle the rock, shoot from outside and make spectacular passes.  Myles even showed off some of his athleticism as he got a steal and then threw down a dunk from directly under the hoop.  From the outside he was able to bury a shot from a step beyond the three point line and even converted on all 4 of his free throw attempts.  Perhaps his most spectacular play was a no look pass from out on the perimeter to one of his teammates who cut along the baseline and scored on a layup.  Overall this was a strong performance from Myles.

Derrick Randall (2011, 6-8 PF/C)
What was most impressive about Derrick in this game was his shot blocking prowess.  He must have blocked 6 or 7 shot attempts and even blocked an attempted alley-oop.  Derrick was also a monster on the boards.  Offensively he did most of his damage right around the hoop, which included a pair of strong 2 hand slams.  While Derrick looked good on both sides of the ball, he was absolutely dominant defensively.

Jarrod Davis (2011, 6-3 SG)
Right at the start of the game an Alley-oop was thrown to Jarrod and he threw it down with 2 hands.  He followed that up by burying a 3 pointer and then threw down another dunk.  Jerrod also scored on a break away layup, where he was just out all alone ahead of the defense.

Myles Mack (2011, 5-8 PG)
This was not a huge game for Myles but he did show off some of his skills.  He drained a difficult pull up three pointer and also was able to beat the defense in transition for a layup.  Myles was running point for most of the time he was in the game, but did not do much to create for his teammates.

Myck Kabongo (2011, 6-2 PG) committed to Texas
This Texas commit was named the games MVP finishing with 18 points and 4 assists.  He got to the hoop at will, and once there he either would finish or find an open man.  There were many times where he created open looks for his teammates.  Myk even stepped out and buried a pair of 3 pointers.

Blaise Mgargorba (2011, 6-11 C)
Blaise has fantastic size and he utilized his size to control the boards and to be a shot blocking threat on defense.  He did not block many shots but he did cause numerous players to significantly alter their shots.  Blaise was not a huge factor offensively but he did have an impressive rim rocking dunk. After pulling down one offensive rebound he was fouled on the put back, but missed the 2 resulting free throws.

Jarelle Reichelle (2011, 6-5 SG/SF)
Most of the damage done by Jarelle was done on the offensive glass and his resulting points off put backs.  Twice he hustled for a rebound and scored off it as a result.  On another occasion he was fouled on a put back attempt and missed, but hit both of the ensuing free throws.  Jarelle also scored as a result of him moving without the ball.  He made a beautiful backdoor cut along the baseline, caught a pass, and converted a layup from directly under the hoop.  Jarelle really made the most of his touches.  

Vaughn Gray (2011, 6-4 SF)
Vaughn made his presence felt mostly out in transition, which fit in well with the style of play in this game.  While playing defense, he got a steal just over the half court line, which resulted in a break away dunk for him.  On another occasion, he again found himself out ahead of the pack on the break and hit a layup.  Vaughn also showed some hustle fighting for a loose ball and attacking the boards.

Philly

Jaylen Bond (2011, 6-7 SF/PF)
Anytime Jaylen plays he never fails to impress with his athleticism and this game was no exception.  Along with his signature high flying dunks, Jaylen also ran the floor extremely well and scored in transition as a result of this.  While moving at full speed he was able to convert on a tough layup from almost under the backboard and hit another layup off a lob pass.  Besides just making athletic plays, which he always does, Jaylen also stepped out and knocked down a 3 pointer.  There was another very impressive play from him, where he dribble up the length of the court then went into a spin move near the basket.  While in the middle of the spin he actually managed to hit a layup before finishing the move.  If Jaylen continues to develop his ball handling and shooting, then he has potential to be a big time player.

Devin Coleman (2011, 6-4 SG/SF)
This fast paced, up and down game seemed to suit Devin just fine as he excelled in transition.  There were a good few times where he found himself ahead of the pack for an open layup.  Devin did convert on 1 very tough layup attempt, where he had to adjust mid air in heavy traffic in order to get his shot off and banked it in.  He hit a mid range jumper in this contest as well.
 
Jerrell Wright (2011, 6-8 PF/C)
Jerrell hit a couple jumpers, including 1 from 3 point range and another short shot after pulling down an offensive rebound.  He also had a strong take to the hoop where he hit a layup with contact over the top of 2 defenders.

John Johnson (2011, 6-1 PG/SG) committed to Pittsburgh
This future Pitt Panther put on quite a show in a losing effort and was named MVP for the Philly team.  John constantly attacked the hoop, in both the half court and in transition.  He converted at a high percentage around the rim even when the degree of difficulty was very high.  Besides his scoring around the hoop, John also hit a three pointer and another mid range jumper.  His passing was on point too, as he did a fine job of finding his open teammates.  John always seems to put on a show in Conshohocken.

Aaron Brown (2011, 6-5 SF)
Aaron was well into double digit scoring in this game, with most of his points coming from a variety of layups due to his active play.  These layups came in transition, off offensive rebounds, including a pair of his own misses, and just general hustle plays.  Besides these layups, he also had a dunk out in transition and hit a hook shot out of the post after making a spin move.  This was a very productive outing for Aaron.

Junior Fortunato (2011, 6-7 PF)
While Junior had a strong day on the glass, he struggled to convert inside.  At 1 point he made a nice drop step move out of the post, but failed to hit the layup.  He also went 0-2 from the charity strip, but he did have a great 2 hand dunk later on in the contest.

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