2006 Focus: Earl Pettis

Earl Pettis was part of a Philly contingent that took down the boys from New Jersey at the Eddie Griffin Challenge.

Earl Pettis doesn't blow you away with any one facet of his game, but when you look at the overall body of work, it's hard not to be impressed.

The St. John Neumann-Maria Goretii (Pa.) 6-5, 185-pound junior small forward is a model of versatility.

``He can pass, shoot, he rebounds and he's not scared of getting dirty," St. John Neumann assistant John Mosco said. "He's almost too unselfish on the court."

``I can do everything," Pettis added. "But I need to work on my defense."

Last weekend at the Eddie Griffin Challenge, Pettis chipped in with 8 points in his Philly team's victory over New Jersey. Strength is going to be a focus area for him as he continues to work on his overall game.

Pettis averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game last season and will be the focal point on a team that also features senior David Burton, fellow junior Derrick Rivera and sophomore floor leader Antonio Jardine.

According to Mosco, Virginia Tech, St. Joseph's and LaSalle are the three schools who have expressed the most interest in Pettis to this point. Syracuse, St. John's and UConn have also made inquiries, but it's unclear their level of interest at this point.

Pettis, 17, said he was satisfied with his summer playing with the Huntington Park Warriors, especially because he felt he stepped up on the defensive end.

``The biggest thing that I'm going to look at is playing time and location," Pettis said. "I don't want to go in and sit on the bench."

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