This Sosa on Rise

Edgar Sosa's stock has steadily been climbing, but it's never been higher than coming off a stellar performance this past weekend in Dallas.

While one Sosa's stock is rapidly dropping, another's is on the rise.

Former Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa, now with the Baltimore Orioles, has floundered on his pursuit of 600 home runs (he has 578).

Rice High (N.Y.) 6-foot-1, 175-pound rising senior point guard Edgar Sosa has a different pursuit: He's chasing more highly touted floor leaders such as D.J. Augustin, Tywon Lawson, Mike Conley and most recently, Sherron Collins.

Sosa may not be quite as talented as the aforementioned point guards in the Class of 2006, but he proved this past weekend that he has as much – if not more – toughness than any of them.

Sosa needed to step up his game without Gauchos big man Curtis Kelly at the Next Level Ballers Tournament in Dallas – and that's exactly what he did. He put up 20 or more points in almost every game over the weekend – and also got his teammates involved.

In the championship game, a rout over the rival Metro Hawks, Sosa cramped up in the first half – but refused to remain on the bench, instead hobbling throughout much of the remainder of the game.

Sosa has had to wait his turn while playing with the Gauchos, playing behind guys like Russell Robinson and Lavance Fields the past two years. He spent most of his time on the under-16 team a year ago.

Sosa recently fielded a scholarship offer from Rick Pitino during the Louisville head coach's school visit to Rice. He's also considering N.C. State, Miami, Vanderbilt, UConn and Florida State with the Cardinals, N.C. State and Miami holding the top three spots in no particular order.

Sosa said he'll likely take all of his visits in the fall.

``I was very excited when Coach Pitino offered me a scholarship," Sosa said. "I couldn't believe it."

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