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Eddie Griffin Challenge 2009 - Senior Game
Wednesday, 11 November 2009

By Bill Martin
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The final game of the Eddie Griffin Challenge was the senior game and featured a very high level of talent.

Players already committed to La Salle, Richmond, Drexel, Duke, Penn, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech, St. Joe’s, Wake Forest, Boston University, Temple and Syracuse all competed in this game alongside numerous other talented players who have yet to make their college choices.

The following are player evaluations from the senior game.

New Jersey

Derrick Williams (2010, 6-6 PF) committed to Richmond
If Kyrie Irving did not play such a spectacular game, Derrick probably would have been named the games MVP.  He was a monster on the boards pulling down 8 total and scored 18 points.  Derrick moved very well with or without the ball and was able to score as a result of this.  Most of his points were scored right around the hoop however.  Derrick is built more like a football player than a basketball player, but despite his large build he still has impressive leaping ability.  He had quite a few dunks including an alley-oop and he grabbed an offensive rebound and slammed it down in one smooth motion.  Derrick did miss his lone shot from beyond the arc but he did hit his free throw attempts.  Richmond looks to have landed a very tough player. 

Kyrie Irving (2010, 6-1 PG) committed to Duke
Kyrie was named the games MVP scoring 19 points and had 11 assists.  Everything seemed to be working for Kyrie in this game.  He hit a couple shots from behind the arc and was able to get to the hoop by slicing through multiple defenders.  The entire offense ran through Kyrie when he was in the game, and he created plenty of opportunities for his teammates as is evidenced by his 11 assists.  It was easy to see why this guard is on his way to Duke next year.

Ron Roberts (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
The strongest aspect of Ron’s performance in this game was his rebounding, pulling down 8 total.  He struggled to convert around the hoop missing a put back and a short shot high off the glass.  When Ron went up strong to dunk the ball he had no problem finishing.  Ron did put the ball on the floor some but he had the ball stolen once and tipped away on another occasion.  He did have a nice short drive after he got his man in the air with a pump fake, which resulted in a dunk.  

Steve Rennard (2010, 6-0 PG/SG) committed to Penn
Steve did not get a ton of touches in this game but he still managed to score a pair of buckets.  He hit one jump shot from just inside the arc and his other score came on a layup after spinning around his man to get to the hoop.

Aaron Brown (2010, 6-4 SG) committed to Temple
The newest Temple commit did not have a huge game offensively but did score in a couple different ways.  His first bucket was an open dunk and he followed that up by draining a shot from behind the 3 point line.  His only other score was a layup, which he was fouled on but he missed the resulting free throw.  On defense he managed to break up an alley-oop attempt.

Frantz Massenat (2010, 6-3 PG/SG) committed to Drexel
Frantz hit an early 3 pointer but badly missed another open look from the same distance later in the game.  His only other points all came on an old fashioned 3 point play.  On this particular play he picked off a pass, took it the length of the court and hit a reverse while being fouled and he hit his free throw.  Frantz did handle the ball well throughout the game and displayed an effective crossover.  He did make 1 fantastic pass from out on the perimeter into the paint that split 2 defenders resulting in an easy bucket.  Defensively Frantz was beat a couple times off the dribble but he did manage to block an alley-oop attempt. 

Fuquan Edwin (2010, 6-5 SF) committed to Seton Hall
Fuquan was instrumental in the New Jersey squads win as he scored 22 points.  His jump shot was on and scored a lot in transition.  He hit only 1 shot from beyond the arc but he took and hit more shots from midrange.   Fuquan also had a pair of lob passes thrown to him.  One he was able to slam home and the other he caught and simply laid it in.  His timely buckets really helped his team hold on to this victory.

Shondell Stewart (2010, 6-1 SG)
Shondell made a living in this game, slashing to the hoop and converting on difficult layups.  He was able to score in traffic and had a beautiful reverse.  Shondell did knock down 1 deep jump shot from just inside the 3 point line.  He finished the game with 17 points but did only go 1-3 from the free throw line.

Devon Collier (2010, 6-7 SF/PF) committed to Oregon State
This was a quiet game offensively for Devon, but he did rebound the ball well.  He finished the game with only 5 points, two of which came on a dunk and he hit 1 of his 2 free throw attempts.  His final 2 points were scored on a layup after making a nice drop step around his defender.

Jayon James (2010, 6-5 SF)
Jayon got off to a rough start with a couple turnovers and a pair of missed jumpers, but after that he appeared to play more within himself and turned in a productive game.  He finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds.  6 of his points were scored on layups, while the other 2 came from the foul line.

Philadelphia

Jamir Hanner (2010, 6-7 SF/PF)
Jamir proved to be a strong and athletic player in this game.  On one play he powered his way through contact and finished on a layup.  He was fouled on this play but missed the free throw and really struggled from the charity stripe throughout the game.  His athleticism came in to play on the defensive end when he flew in to block a shot from behind and also on a pair of his dunks.  One of his dunks was a high flying alley-oop while the other he threw down with 2 hands after taking a single dribble.  Other than his free throw shooting Jamir was impressive and finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Deshon Minnis (2010, 6-2 PG)
While Deshon did not show much in terms of shooting the ball, he did exhibit his explosive athleticism.  Out on a 2 on 1 break, Deshon took the ball himself and soared to the hoop for an emphatic slam.  Later in the game, on back to back possessions, Deshon crossed his man up and took off.  One of these he just laid in but the other he threw down with force.  Deshon had another nice drive as well, where he muscled his way to the hoop through his defender for a layup.  His highlight worthy plays really fired up the crowd.

Tony Chennault (2010, 6-2 SG) committed to Wake Forest
This was a solid performance from Tony as he scored 15 points.  Most of his points were scored attacking the hoop and hitting free throws but he did hit a 3 pointer as well.

Tyrone Garland (2010, 6-1 PG/SG) committed to Virginia Tech
Tyrone was named the MVP for the Philly team scoring 17 points, but his jump shot was not on however.  He did hit 1 shot from behind the arc but struggled otherwise.  Where Tyrone did excel was getting to the hoop and drawing fouls or scoring.  Once he went to the free throw line he hit all of his free throw attempts. 

CJ Aiken (2010, 6-9 PF/C) committed to St. Joe’s
While CJ was not overly productive, he did make a few spectacular plays.  After grabbing one rebound he then made a spin move which resulted in an easy lay in.  On another possession he found himself out ahead of the defense on the break and received an outlet pass just outside the 3 point line.  He then proceeded to take a couple dribbles, before leaping and throwing down a high flying reverse dunk.  CJ also had a pair of big blocks including 1 on Oregon State commit Devon Collier.

Cameron Ayers (2010, 6-4 SF)
There were not a whole lot of touches for Cameron but he still managed to score 7 points.  He buried a shot from beyond the arc and another 1 of his buckets was scored on a put back after pulling down an offensive rebound.

Travis Robinson (2010, 6-4 SG/SF) committed to Boston University
In this game Travis got to exhibit his scoring versatility.  He started out by hitting a turn around fade away jump shot from 15 feet out and followed that up by hitting a reverse layup.  A little later in the game Travis hustled for a loose ball and got an easy layup out of it.  The most exciting play he made was when he used a cross over to get past his defender and then threw down a dunk.  He was also thrown a lob pass but did not catch it in a position to dunk the ball but he still managed to lay it in.  Travis also hit both of his free throw attempts.

Tyreek Duren (2010, 5-11 PG) committed to La Salle
With all the other guards in the game, Tyreek did not get as many touches as some of the others but he still managed to produce.  He hit a 3 pointer and knocked down his 2 free throw attempts.  His other 2 buckets were scored on layups.  On 1 of these layups he took the ball the length of the court and just beat out the defense to the hoop.  His other layup he managed to hit despite being surrounded by defenders.  He was also probably fouled on the play but it was not called.

Dion Waiters (2010, 6-2 PG/SG) committed to Syracuse
Dion showed a variety of skills in this game, he hit outside shots, made a beautiful no look pass and was explosive off the dribble.  He also showed off his athleticism with a pair of dunks.  For 1 of these dunks he drove quickly along the baseline and flushed it with 2 hands.  His other dunk came on a break away after he got a steal.  Dion finished with 14 points for the game. 

Dom Morris (2010, 6-7 PF) committed to Boston University
Like many of the other big men in the game, Dom did not get that many touches.  His contribution came more on the boards as he roped in 5 rebounds.  Dom was able to score on a put back and also a short hook shot after grabbing another offensive rebound.

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