Eddie Griffin Challenge: Sophomore Game

PHILADELPHIA – Samardo Samuels did all he could but it still wasn't enough as Courtney Stanley led the Philadelphia stars past their friends from New Jersey in the sophomore game at the Eddie Griffin Challenge.

Usually the sophomore game at the Eddie Griffin Challenge is the best because it contains guys who are looking to break onto the scene. Though this year's event had a few special talents in it like Scout.com's No. 2 sophomore Samardo Samuels, predictably more names did pop up.

Before we get to the guys who emerged we'll touch on Samuels. His New Jersey team lost the game 79-73 but when dumped the ball inside, he delivered the goods. Unofficially we had Samuels with 20 points, 12 boards and 3 blocks.

As the top sophomore prospect in the game, Samuels was the one guy there wasn't an answer for overall. Right now he's 6-feet-8 inches and if he grows two more and hits the 6-10 mark, we're talking about a guy who could be a dominant player at the next level. He's kind of like and Eddy Curry-Shelden Williams hybrid.

On the map by virtue of his stellar performance was Philly MVP Courtney Stanley. A potential high-major recruit in the making, we had Stanley down for 17 points on a perfect 6-for-6 from the field. The 6-1 point guard had 4 boards and 4 dimes. He's patient, poised and has the mentality to eventually run a strong team.

Austin Johnson was another Philly standout. The 3.6 student is 6-7 and worked his way to 12 points and 7 rebounds. Solid inside, Johnson has the makings of a very good player.

Samuels wasn't the only talented player on the Jersey ledger. Guard Ashton Gibbs can score it and dish it almost as well. The combo guard hit for 17 in the contest and has the ability to play under control but in attack mode at the same time.

Mike Rosario is a name you're going to hear quite a bit from this season. The slender 6-foot-1 scoring guard laid 19 on Philly and probably did as much to raise his stock as anyone in the game. He and Travon Woodall (2 points) should be quite the duo at St. Anthony's this season.

Jamal Wilson was the runner-up choice for MVP of the Philadelphia team. The Neumann-Goretti wing guard dropped 11 points and 9 rebounds in a strong supporting role. Teammate Devon White and Chris Kurz, both siblings of Big East forwards, combined to score a dozen.


PHILADELPHIA – Kenny Moore 4, Devon White 7, Chris Kurz 5, Jamal Wilson 11, Anthony King 4, Austin Johnson 12, Bryan Cohen 0, Miquel Bocachica 5, Andrew Randall 12.

NEW JERSEY – Dave Johnson 2, Mike Rosario 19, Travon Woodall 2, Jordan Theodore 4, Ashton Gibbs 17, Samardo Samuels 19, Eugene Teague 0, John Edwards 7, Tyler Hines 2, Quintrell Thomas 0.

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