High aspirations for P.E.T. Charter

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P.E.T.'s Steve Griffin playing in the 2012 Chosen League. (Photo: Mark Jordan)

P.E.T.’s Steve Griffin playing in the 2012 Chosen League. (Photo: Mark Jordan)

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev)

For a school that opened only in 2002, Philadelphia Electric & Technology Charter High School has some high aspirations for this year’s basketball season–but not without good reason. Already 3-1, they are led by 6-9, 240-pound St. Joseph’s commit Jai Williams. The senior forward/center has great shot blocking ability on the defensive end and a nice touch around the rim when he gets the ball.

If teams key in on Williams inside, Jai can kick the ball out to P.E.T.’s senior backcourt of Hakeem Baxter and Steve Griffin, who he also plays his AAU ball with on the Hunting Park Warriors. Both Baxter and Griffin are quick, 6-1, ball-hawking guards who can certainly light it up from anywhere on the court when they’re on. Both Baxter and Griffin are getting Division I looks.

The Chargers have aspirations of winning the Public League championship as well as the AAA state title. Last year, they were eliminated in the first round of state playoffs by top-seeded Berks Catholic. Their next big showdown is with Thomas Jefferson High of New York City on Saturday as part of the Philly vs. New York Villa Classic on Saturday at Arcadia University at 1:45.

Steve Griffin, who has been nursing an ankle injury, says he will be ready for this game Saturday. Watch the video below for interviews coaches and these players, and to see some highlights of P.E.T in action at practice.

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