WEIGHT: 160 pounds
HIGH SCHOOL: Abington Friends High School in Jenkintown, Penn.
HIGH SCHOOL HEAD COACH: Steve Chadwin
CLASS: 2011, a current junior prospect
AAU TEAM: Team Phenom out of Philadelphia, Penn.
AAU TEAM HEAD COACH: Paul Gripper
BIG GAMES THIS FALL AND SUMMER: Gripper recently was named the MVP at the 2009 Harrington Tournament, hosted by Harrington High School.
Gripper scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds, and had four assists as AFS defeated Hatboro Horsham, 70-51.
In the second game, Gripper played more the role of playmaker, distributing nine assists, making four steals and grabbing five rebounds. He didn't turn the ball over once, according to AFS assistant coach Dave Fields.
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.
REEBOK EAST SUMMER EVENT:
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, Northeastern, Yale, Seton Hall, and Stanford.