WEIGHT: 167 pounds
HIGH SCHOOL: Abington Friends High School in Jenkintown, Penn.
HIGH SCHOOL HEAD COACH: Steve Chadwin
CLASS: 2011, a rising senior guard prospect
AAU TEAM: Team Phenom out of Philadelphia, Penn.
AAU TEAM HEAD COACH: Paul Gripper
BIG GAMES THIS PAST FALL: Gripper 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.
BIG GAMES FOR JOEY GRIPPER THIS SUMMER:
Gripper scored 16 points, added 11 assists and three steals to help Team Phenom produce a 77-57 victory over Smyma Stars in the Peach State Classic in Aiken, SC (thanks to his AAU coaches for the info).
Previously, Joey scored 15 points and had two teams to help Team Phenom blasted the Georgia Heat. Gripper followed up the solid effort wtih 22 points and eight assists in the Bigshot's Slam in South Carolina.
Joey will visit Harvard August 23rd, according to his father, Paul. "Joey will then visit Quinnipiac as soon as Coach Doherty gets back with a date," said Mr. Gripper.
"He will take five official visits in September," he added. "Still working on the list. Bbut Harvard and Quinnipiac will be unofficials.
Previously, his top five schools were Harvard, Penn State, Quinnipiac, St. Bonaventure, and Appalachian State. "But two of those schools took committments so we may add some schools to his top list," said Mr. Gripper.
Gripper was previously offered a scholarship by Appalachian State and Quinnipiac, according to Joey's dad.
PREVIOUS INFORMATION ON HIS RECRUITING PROCESS:
Previously, we reported that Gripper had also taken an unofficial campus trip to Harvard and played in their Elite Camp event while making the top 20 All Star game (200 prospects at the event).
St. Bonaventure, Northeastern, George Mason, and Delaware had been mentioned by Mr. Gripper as being schools his son is considering in a previous report.