On paper a strong argument could have been crafted that Philadelphia had more talent than New Jersey in the sophomore game at the Eddie Griffin Challenge.
No one told the Jersey boys because they brought it and scored the 86-76 win to get the event started at Episcopal Academy.
MVP Fuquan Edwin led all scorers with 21 points. The Patterson Catholic 6-foot-5 wing did the bulk of his damage near the basket but we think he eventually transitions to the perimeter and should be a high-major caliber small forward recruit; he'll earn those accolades heading into the season. Edwin had 7 boards, 5 offensive which speaks to his approach on Saturday.
Jersey also received points from shooter Steve Rennard who pumped in a handful of 3's en route to somewhat unexpected points.
Rakeem Brookins captured the Philly MVP hardware because he shot lights out from the perimeter and finished with a team-high 16 points. Brookins should be lauded for his instant energy approach; he's tracking as a mid-level point man.
One of the common occurrences in these types of settings is young guys who aren't as assertive as others can find the sledding rough. On the Philly side, Cameron Ayers never got comfortable with his role but you know he's a talent. … For Jersey, Isaiah Epps' talents weren't recognized by his teammates until it was too late in the contest. …
It wasn't his night but we're big fans of Shaquille Duncan. He's a 6-foot-7 post prospect from the Philadelphia team. He's got big feet and an enormous wing span; the rest should fall into place.
NEW JERSEY – Kevin Boyle 3, Trevor Cummings 8, Fuquan Edwin 21, Isaiah Epps 3, Kyrie Irving 12, Jayon James 1, Steve Rennard 17, Dondre Whitmore 3, Derrick Williams 12, Franz Massenat 5.