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Monday / February 24.
  • North Carolina-bound McDonald’s All-American R.J. Davis to appear on ESPNU, Duke commit A.J. Griffin to miss game

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    R.J. Davis, the North-Carolina bound McDonald’s All-American, will appear on ESPNU on Thursday when White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac faces rival Christ the King in a rematch of the last two New York Catholic League championship games.

    Class of 2021 Duke commit A.J. Griffin is not expected to play as he remains out with a knee injury.

    The game is set for 5 p.m. Thursday.

    The 6-foot-1 Davis is having a monster year for Stepinac (12-7), averaging 27.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting 87 percent from the foul line

    Davis is one of four McDonald’s All-Americans headed to North Carolina, along with Walker Kessler, Caleb Love and Day’Ron Sharpe.

    “This is a great opportunity for our program and the school,” Stepinac coach Pat Massaroni said. “We are very appreciative that we were selected along with Christ the King to showcase both schools and the CHSAA. This is a rematch of the last two AA City Finals.”

    Griffin suffered his injury during the fourth quarter of Stepinac’s 62-54 win over Iona Prep last month 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.