East Coast Guard Attracts More D-1 Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at the individual game and recruiting process of East Coast guard prospect Joey Gripper, who had a very productive summer for Team Phenom ...

PLAYER PROFILE: Joey Gripper

HEIGHT: 6-foot-1

WEIGHT: 173 pounds

HIGH SCHOOL: Abington Friends High School in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania

HIGH SCHOOL HEAD COACH: Steve Chadwin

CLASS: Graduated from high school in 2011. Could be reclassified to the class of 2012. He does have an option of attending prep school this fall if need be.

POSITIONS: Has competed effectively with at both the shooting guard/lead guard positions during the high school and AAU basketball seasons and tournaments.

AAU TEAM: Team Phenom out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

AAU TEAM HEAD COACH: Paul Gripper

TOP GAMES FOR JOEY GRIPPER DURING THE SUMMER OF 2011:

Gripper produced 20 points as Team Phenom of Philadelphia struggled a bit out West, losing to Friends of Seattle.

Previously, Joey scored 19 points Team Phenom lost a second round game, 71-68, to Texas Assault in a game played in Arizona (Desert Duel).

In addition, Gripper scored 25 points in a first round game in the Platinum bracket in a basketball tournament held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Team Phenom lost, 77-72.

Joey also produced 20 points to help his team, Jrue Holiday, upend Team Nate, in a Chosen Local League game held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gripper also had three assists and a steal in the victory.

BIG GAMES FOR JOEY GRIPPER DURING THE 2010-2011 SEASON:

Joey was selected to the All tournament team (the 2011 D'onofrio All-Tournament Team) and was one of the featured players on his team.

Previously, Gripper scored 20 points, handed six assists and had six steals in the championship game of the Shakur Chosen League. His team, Jrue Holiday, lost 54-48, to the Shakur squad.

Gripper produced 16 points, handed out 11 assists and had three steals to help his AAU program, Team Phenom, claim a 77-57 victory over Smyma Stars in the Peach State Classic in Aiken, South Carolina.

** Joey scored 15 points and had two threes to help Team Phenom blast the Georgia Heat. Gripper followed up the solid effort with 22 points and eight assists in the Bigshot's Slam in South Carolina.

JOEY GRIPPER'S TOP GAMES DURING THE 2010-2011 REGULAR SEASON AND PLAYOFFS:

Gripper scored 14 points in a tough loss to Friends Central in a playoff battle.

Previously, Joey scored 10 points, handed out five assists and had four steals to help his team nail down a 48-42 victory over Westtown.

Gripper averaged nearly 13 points per game this season.

In addition, Joey scored 16 points to lead his team past Shipley, 60-40. Gripper also scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds, handed out five assists and had three steals to help AFS defeat Trenton Catholic High School.

Joey also scored 20 points and dished out eight assists to help AFS knock off a very talent rich Life Center team, 85-75.

RECRUITING:

Due to Gripper's great summer, several other division one basketball programs are now showing interest. The list includes VMI, Monmouth, Miami, Long Beach State, Manhattan and Quinnipiac.


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