October 31, 2006
Player Evaluations: Eddie Griffin Challenge
With the 4th installment of the Eddie Griffin Challenge in the books, let's take a look at some of the Rutgers targets and how they played as well as some players that may have made a name for themselves at St. Benedict's High school on Sunday.
2007's New Jersey class has many quality stars for any school's back-court for next season, but Rutgers commit Corey Chandler reminded everyone in attendance that some may do things better than him, but the overall package will be hard to match. What Corey Chandler did at the Eddie Griffin is becoming an expected occurrence during the last four years that I have covered New Jersey basketball.
Say or do something to the Prince of Newark and you can almost write down a scoring surge. With only 6 points in the first half, Corey erupted for 21 in the 2nd half to lead the New Jersey squad to the 94-87 win. Going head-to-head with Syracuse commit Antonio "Scoop" Jardine, Corey had all in attendance on their feet with 2 straight 3 point baskets over Jardine. Jardine countered with a few free throws, but when Chandler attacked the basket for a put back dunk over the Philly squad, the match-up was sealed. Chandler got the best of his new Big East rival. This match-up will interesting to see in the coming years.
Here are my evaluations of several other prospects in attendance:
Gregory Echenique, 6-foot-9, St. Benedict's: The interior was his all night as the prospect when for 13 points and 7 rebounds. Gregory showed a new touch from inside the paint that was not there last season. Instead of dunks, he actually scored with some soft hooks and up and under moves. Greg did nothing to hurt his stock.
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