East Coast Junior Guard Having Great Year

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a player profile update on a guard from the East Coast who is having a terrific junior season ...


HEIGHT: 6-foot-1

WEIGHT: 162 pounds

HIGH SCHOOL: Abington Friends High School in Jenkintown, Penn.


CLASS: 2011, a current junior prospect

AAU TEAM: Team Phenom out of Philadelphia, Penn.

BIG GAMES THIS FALL AND SUMMER: Gripper recently had a big game for his high school. Joey scored 18 points, had nine steals and eight rebounds in his team's victory.

Gripper scored 14 of those points and had five steals in the fourth quarter to help his team pull away.

Joey did this in front of several major problems. Among them, according to the coaching staff of AFS -- Billy Donovan (Florida) John Ginnini (La Salle) Pooh Allen (Penn), John Thompson, Jr (Georgetown) Jeff Capel (Oklahoma)and Chris Caputo (George Mason).

St. Joe's, Harvard, and UCLA also had a representative in the stands, according to the coaching staff of AFS.


Joey scored 24 points, handed out eight assists and had three steals to help his team win a second round playoff game in the KYFL playoffs.

Gripper has had a solid Fall too. He previously netted 12 points and added eight assists in the Junior/Senior All Star game held at the Midnight Madness event held in Chester, Penn.

Previously, we reported that Gripper pumped in 19 points and added 11 assists to help his team, The Brotherhood, claim the 17 and under championship in the Mill Creek Summer League.

*Gripper also helped Team Phenom advance to the Final Four in the NIKE Chosen League, only to lose to a team sponsored by NBA player Thaddeus Young in the semifinals.


Gripper, who made the all tournament team, tallied 15 assists in a semifinal playoff game game at the event and also scored 14 points and had 11 assists in the team's championship victory. Team Phenom defeated the New York Panthers, 68-57.

*Joey made the all tournament team at the Southern Invitational in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Gripper has expressed interest in St. Bonventure, Brown, Drexel, Harvard, Penn , Seton Hall, Davidson, Northeastern, Yale, Navy, and Stanford.

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