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Thursday / January 23.
  • Duke commit A.J. Griffin out 2-3 weeks with knee injury

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    An MRI on A.J. Griffin, the 6-foot-7 Class of 2021 Duke commit, revealed he did not suffer any ligament damage after injuring his knee on Jan. 3, Archbishop Stepinac coach Pat Massaroni told ZAGSBLOG.

    Griffin is expected to miss 2-3 more weeks and to return in late January.

    Given that timeframe, he would miss Stepinac’s game with East Catholic High School (CT) on Jan. 18 at the Hoophall Classic. Stepinac is ranked No. 15 nationally by USA Today.

    Griffin suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Stepinac’s 62-54 win over Iona Prep last Friday night at the Westchester County Center.

    The son of Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin, 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.

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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.