Scoop garners MVP Honors

Antonio "Scoop" Jardine capped a fine July evaluation period by copping MVP honors of the Eastern Invitational's Top 20 All-Star game last Sunday.

Antonio Jardine, a 6-2, 180 pound combo/point guard from St. John Neumann-Goretti in Philadelphia, Penn., tallied 14 points and eight assists to lead the Blue squad to a 97-95 victory over the White team.

"It was fun," Jardine said. "I just played within the team concept and played hard."

Jardine kicked off the summer at the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis, where he was also accorded all-star honors. That was preceded by a strong sophomore campaign at Neumann-Goretti, which spurred quite a bit of high major recruiting interest.

Jardine's compact list of colleges includes Rutgers, N.C. State, Villanova, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Virginia and Arizona.

"There's nobody else who is going to get in," Jardine said. "I've narrowed it to a good size now."

Jardine's size dictates that he will play the point guard slot at the next level, but he's got very good scoring instincts and is really more of a lead guard than a pure one. That said, his passing was sharp in the Eastern All-Star game.

"This is the best summer I ever had," he concluded.

Rutgers spent many hours this summer watching Scoop play. Scoop is one of the more exciting players in the class and has the ability to take over a game. We will continue to report on his status and his interest in the Rutgers program.

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