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Saturday / August 15.
  • Duke commit A.J. Griffin suffers knee injury as team anxiously awaits test results

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    A.J. Griffin, the 6-foot-7 Class of 2021 Duke commit, suffered a left knee injury during the fourth quarter of Archbishop Stepinac’s 62-54 win over Iona Prep on Friday night at the Westchester County Center.

    Stepinac coach Pat Massaroni told ZAGSBLOG Saturday morning that Griffin is “day-to-day with a left knee injury,” but the full extent of the injury likely won’t be known for a day or two.

    “He’s in good spirits. He walked off on his own, but it was a pretty gruesome injury right there on the court,” Massaroni told LoHud.com Friday night. “It was kind of just a freaky thing when we went down. We probably won’t know more until Monday or Tuesday when he gets tested.”

    Griffin, the son of Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin, committed to Duke in November. He is the No. 3-ranked small forward in 2021 and a projected NBA Draft pick in 2022.

    Griffin missed some time last season with a foot injury, but came back to help the USA Basketball U16 win a gold medal at the FIBA Americas Men’s U16 Championship in Brazil in June. He suffered a strained back when he dove for a ball in the gold-medal game against Canada, and then missed Peach Jam with the PSA Cardinals.

    Stay tuned here for updates on his status.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.