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9th Annual Eddie Griffin Challenge Junior Game
Tuesday, 11 October 2011

By Bill Martin
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This past weekend we headed over to the Haverford School, which is just outside of Philadelphia, for the 9th Annual Eddie Griffin Challenge.

As is the case every year, this event pits the top talent in New Jersey against Philly's finest.  Three games took place, Sophomore, Junior and Senior games.

In the Junior game there was a lot of talent on hand for both teams, but Jersey held an eight point lead at halftime and only built on it from there.  Jersey ended up winning the game by the score of 114-90.

The following are player evaluations from the Junior game of the Eddie Griffin Challenge.

 

Jersey

Davon Reed (2013, 6-5 SG)
While he did not win MVP of the game, Davon was definitely one of the most impressive players of the day.  Davon showed range on his jumper out to beyond the arc and was able to shoot off the dribble.  Off the bounce he was able to pull up or step back before sinking his jump shots.  The shooting was not the only impressive aspect of his game though.  Davon was also able to make things happen off the dribble and in transition.  Once he got the ball in his hands he looked to push the ball up the court and had some impressive finishes once he made it all the way to the hoop.  He hit a ridiculous reverse with a defender all over him, and after taking the ball coast to coast on another possession he hit a layup while being fouled and hit the free throw to convert the old fashioned three point play.  Davon has good size for a two guard and used his height to rebound effectively from the wing in this game.

Kavon Stewart (2013, 5-10 PG)
Kavon ran point for the Jersey juniors and showed he could both score from the one and distribute.  After driving in Kavon was able to dish off to his teammates after drawing the defense to him, or make his way all the way to the hoop and convert.  On one drive he got by his defender, went up and brought the ball under a potential shot blocker, before putting it up and making a layup.  He also kept the defense honest by knocking down a three pointer.  There was one play where he left his feet and tried to make a pass but it was way off the mark and sailed out of bounds.

Hallice Cooke (2013, 6-3 PG/SG)
In this contest Hallice showed his ability to knock down outside shots.  He drained shots from beyond the three point line, but his most impressive shot was a dribble between the legs, step back jumper right around three point range. 

Charles Cooke (2012, 6-5 SG/SF) committed to James Madison
Charles was impressive finishing in this game.  On one baseline take he went under the hoop and put incredible spin on the ball to bank in off the glass from a very difficult angle.  Out in transition he threw down an impressive dunk.  Charles also demonstrated that he could step out and knock down shots from out beyond the arc.

Reggie Cameron (2013, 6-6 SF)
Reggie was named game MVP as he scored 20 points and pulled down 9 rebounds.  He did a nice job of positioning himself and hustling to snag those 9 boards.  Reggie did show a bit of an inside outside game as he was able to score in the paint but also went out beyond the arc and knocked down a shot from that distance.  He did a nice job of drawing fouls as well and converted on his attempts from the charity stripe.

Jaren Sina (2013, 6-1 PG)
This former Alabama commit was an assassin from outside as he drained a number of threes when left open.   He was even fouled on one three point attempt and proceeded to knock down all three of his free throws.  While he did take quite a few outside shots, for the most part he took them when the defense gave him the shot.  Throughout the game he played very unselfishly and was adept at finding the open man.  Late in the game he picked his man's pocket and threw a great outlet pass that resulted in an easy layup.  Point guards who can really shoot it are always at a premium so Jaren should have numerous suitors after his services.

Mike Young (2013, 6-8 PF)
Mike proved to be quite the presence inside on both sides of the court.  Defensively he had quite a few blocks and on the offensive end he scored effectively on limited touches.  He hit a tough shot with a man hanging on him and a foul was called on the play.  The following free throw he hit as well.  Mike was sent to the charity stripe on another occasion when he was fouled mid post move and knocked down both free throw attempts.  He also showed good hands by catching a tough pass inside before hitting a layup in traffic.


Philly

Rysheed Jordan (2013, 6-3 SG)
Rysheed has excellent hops and the ability to shoot off the dribble.  This combination makes his shot very hard to defend and he was able to sink a number of mid range jumpers.  On the defensive end of the court he picked off a couple passes including one on an inbounds play under his own hoop.  He was fouled almost immediately after the steal and proceeded to drain both of his free throws.

Miles Overton (2013, 6-4 SG)
This was an impressive outing for Miles and he was rewarded by being named game MVP.  He scored 18 points and in doing so he showed off his offensive versatility.  He shot the ball well, drilling shots from mid range and also hit one from beyond the arc.  What was most impressive about his game though was his ability to finish around the hoop.  He converted multiple finger rolls and a floater despite being surrounded by defenders or even if he was fouled.  While on defense he blocked a shot and then took it all the way up the court, further demonstrating his ability to put the ball on the floor.

Johnny Davis (2013, 6-4 SG/SF)
Johnny threw down a one handed dunk out on the break but badly missed on a three pointer.

Britton Lee (2013, 5-11 PG)
Britton was able to score in a variety of ways in this game.  He was able to bury a few mid range jumpers, including one off the dribble and another which he was fouled on.  His range was not limited to inside the arc though as he sank a three pointer as well.  Besides his shooting, Britton was also able to score attacking the hoop and in transition.  After picking off a pass he took it all the way for an easy layup.  He also had a couple nice plays along the baseline.  On one play he beat his man with a first step and banked in a runner. Out on the break on another possession he caught the ball 10 feet from the hoop along the baseline and as soon as he caught the ball he spun and put up a floater that went in.  Not only was he able to score but he also had a few nice dishes off the bounce.  While this was an impressive showing by Britton his performance was not without flaws.  He missed a wide open layup out on the break and threw up a bad air ball on a pull up three point attempt.

Brandon Austin (2013, 6-6 PG/SG)
Brandon was struggling some for a portion of this game as he seemed to be trying to force things too much.  His jumper was off, he struggled to convert inside and threw a couple bad passes.  He did get things back on track eventually and made a very impressive spin along the baseline around his man and hit a difficult layup.  This may have not been his best game, but Brandon has very high potential due him being 6-6 paired with his ability to run point.

Jai Williams (2013, 6-8 PF)
Jai rebounded the ball well and scored on a put back.  At one point he found himself out on the perimeter and launched up a three but couldn't get it to fall.

Rondae Jefferson (2013, 6-6 SF)
While not one of Rondae's better games he still showed glimpses of his wing skills.  He handled the ball well and crossed his man up a few times.  Rondae also banked in a three pointer.  Defensively he blocked a couple shots.

Jeremiah Worthem (2013, 6-6 SF)
Jeremiah demonstrated that he could put the ball on the floor some by bring the ball up the court a couple times.  He made a great pass off the dribble in transition on one occasion.

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