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Username Post: Incoming Class        (Topic#20332)
Glenflesk 
Freshman
Posts: 52

Loc: Subr Phila
Reg: 11-20-08
06-20-17 10:11 PM - Post#230242    

Penn has posted its incoming class on PennAthletics.com.

http://www.pennathletics.com/news/men-s-basketball ...

The class includes the four expected newcomers: Jelani Williams 6-5/195, Jarrod Simmons 6-8/220, Eddie Scott 6-6/195 and Mark Jackson 7-3/245.

But the class also includes someone I wasn't expecting: Griffin Halpern 5-11/165, Woodbury, NY Syosset. I must have missed a posting about him. What do we know about him?

 
westphillywarrior 
Sophomore
Posts: 138

Age: 36
Reg: 01-08-11
Re: Incoming Class
06-21-17 12:14 AM - Post#230245    
    In response to Glenflesk

I don't know anything about the kid except what was in your post. But I'd say a good guess is that he was the highest scorer in this recruiting class.

 
Jeff2sf 
Postdoc
Posts: 3437

Reg: 11-22-04
06-21-17 06:58 AM - Post#230246    
    In response to westphillywarrior

yeah, can we not do this? this is 2017. if we don't know anything about a recruit when he starts matriculating, we know everything about that that recruit.

 
Silver Maple 
Postdoc
Posts: 2869

Loc: Westfield, New Jersey
Reg: 11-23-04
06-21-17 08:55 AM - Post#230248    
    In response to Jeff2sf

Griffin Halpern: Ivy POY for both 2019-20 and 2020-21. You can take that to the bank.

"Griffin Halpern-- just wow. If I had half that guy's talent, maybe I'd have a shot at being drafted." Bryce Aiken

 
Jeff2sf 
Postdoc
Posts: 3437

Reg: 11-22-04
06-21-17 09:34 AM - Post#230252    
    In response to Silver Maple

i thought about that jinx. let's just say that i wouldn't have made that comment on the princeton board because i couldn't have lived with the consequences were i wrong.



 
AsiaSunset 
Postdoc
Posts: 3687

Reg: 11-21-04
06-21-17 11:51 AM - Post#230257    
    In response to Jeff2sf

Heard Mark jackson was attending the 1st session of summer school. If correct he should get a lot of bb and conditioning in over this summer after two years of pain au chocolat

 
Silver Maple 
Postdoc
Posts: 2869

Loc: Westfield, New Jersey
Reg: 11-23-04
06-21-17 12:33 PM - Post#230264    
    In response to AsiaSunset

I prefer to think of it as two years of growing into his 7-3 frame.

 
AsiaSunset 
Postdoc
Posts: 3687

Reg: 11-21-04
06-21-17 01:37 PM - Post#230266    
    In response to Silver Maple

I think those LDS missions have pretty strict rules about playing ball when you are on one. His coach said he should be a little rusty when he returns when he commented on the mission two years ago. I hope it's not like trying to regain your short game in golf. That almost never happens.

 
yoyo 
Sophomore
Posts: 109

Reg: 03-25-09
06-21-17 01:50 PM - Post#230267    
    In response to AsiaSunset

He played tennis too. Hopefully that translates to good foot work on the B Ball court

 
penn nation 
Professor
Posts: 9423

Reg: 12-02-04
06-21-17 02:17 PM - Post#230269    
    In response to AsiaSunset

  • AsiaSunset Said:
I hope it's not like trying to regain your short game in golf. That almost never happens.



He's 7'3". We didn't nab him for his short game.




 
penn nation 
Professor
Posts: 9423

Reg: 12-02-04
Re: Incoming Class
06-21-17 02:19 PM - Post#230270    
    In response to Glenflesk

  • Glenflesk Said:
Penn has posted its incoming class on PennAthletics.com.

http://www.pennathletics.com/news/men-s-basketball ...

The class includes the four expected newcomers: Jelani Williams 6-5/195, Jarrod Simmons 6-8/220, Eddie Scott 6-6/195 and Mark Jackson 7-3/245.

But the class also includes someone I wasn't expecting: Griffin Halpern 5-11/165, Woodbury, NY Syosset. I must have missed a posting about him. What do we know about him?



Probably taking the Mo Esformes slot that was vacated last year.


 
SteveChop 
Masters Student
Posts: 589

Reg: 07-28-07
06-21-17 05:38 PM - Post#230277    
    In response to penn nation

One article that I found about Mr Halpern

http://syossetjerichotrib une.com/2017/04/24/histor...



 
TheLine 
Postdoc
Posts: 3088

Age: 54
Reg: 07-07-09
06-22-17 06:01 PM - Post#230297    
    In response to SteveChop

Video :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5KeYOVEP6E

Page o' stats :

http://scores.newsday.com/sports/highschool/pla yer...

Picture of 11 year old Griffin with Cornell basketball alum father Jonathan :

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2010/03/jacks onvil...


 
penn nation 
Professor
Posts: 9423

Reg: 12-02-04
06-22-17 06:47 PM - Post#230300    
    In response to TheLine

So maybe the Donahue connection helped.

 
T.P.F.K.A.D.W. 
Masters Student
Posts: 704

Loc: Our Nation's Capital
Reg: 01-18-05
06-23-17 08:53 AM - Post#230311    
    In response to penn nation

No doubt Griffin is on a first name basis with Wolfgang Florin.

 
HARVARDDADGRAD 
Masters Student
Posts: 815

Loc: New Jersey
Reg: 01-21-14
06-23-17 11:45 AM - Post#230323    
    In response to T.P.F.K.A.D.W.

There was a Florian Homm ('82) who I understood (fortunately for Harvard) couldn't play at Harvard because of previous German pro basketball experience. Florian has since ended up on an FBI Most Wanted Poster and is the subject of an SEC action and civil lawsuits for allegedly making off with hundreds of millions in a scheme involving a fund and penny stock manipulation. Apparently Florian was shot after fleeing to Venezuela but is now back in Germany where the government declines to extradite him. He's written two books including "Rogue Financier."

Flo was a character at Harvard, and a decent 6'7" ball player. In view of the foregoing, my memory of chopping wood with this somewhat aristocratic German giant in the snowy backwoods of Vermont one weekend now seems surreal. Enough said.

 
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