Eddie: Enjoying the Challenge

Jarell Eddie is one of the top players in a loaded North Carolina class of 2010. While some players may find it hard to live up to the expectations, Eddie relishes the challenge. DeaconSports.com was able to catch up with Eddie recently to get an update on his season and recruitment thus far.

One of the most talented players in the North Carolina class of 2010 is 6'6 small forward Jarell Eddie. Eddie and his Cannon School teammates are off to a 10-3 start and are getting stronger as the season progresses. "We are really playing well right now," said Eddie. "We are really starting to gel and getting to know each other's games."

Eddie is averaging close to a double-double so far this season putting up 15 point and 9 rebounds per contest. Those are certainly very good numbers for anyone, but Eddie is not concerned with his stats. "I take a quick look at how I'm doing then put the numbers aside and get back to work," said Eddie. "I feel like I am playing well and contributing to the team. I hit the boards hard and score when the opportunity is there. I want to help the team in any way I can but there is always room for improvement."

Coming into this season, Eddie has worked hard to sharpen both the physical and mental parts of his game. "I really wanted to learn how to handle pressure defenses," stated Eddie. "I want to be able to attack pressure defenses and handle the ball when I need to."

Eddie also brings an impressive set of physical skills to the table to go along with his eagerness to learn. "I am a slasher and I like to get to the basket," he noted. "I also feel like my pull up game is a strength."

Although he is just a sophomore, Eddie is getting a lot of attention from high major school. "I would say Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and Clemson are showing me the most interest right now and I may take trips to UNC and Duke in the future."

Eddie is very familiar with the Demon Deacon program. "I have taken four trips to Wake Forest and really enjoyed them. I was able to go to a football game last year as well as their basketball game with Winston-Salem State."

"I really like the small classrooms and academics there as well as the environment," Eddie replied when asked what he liked about Wake Forest. "I also really like Coach Kelsey and Coach Gaudio and I think they are following Coach Prosser's footsteps. I don't see any drop off at all with Coach Gaudio."

At this early stage in his recruitment, Eddie has no leader and plans on taking his time before he makes a commitment. "I see the whole recruiting process as a blessing," said Eddie. "I appreciate the attention I am receiving from all of the schools. I am going to try and let the recruiting process play out and take my officials during my senior season."

Early on, there are high expectations for Jarell Eddie but he is ready to meet them head on. "I say if you are not getting better then you are getting worse and I like the challenge," he said. "It is a blessing."

With his combination of physical skills, positive attitude, and desire to get better, look for Eddie to meet and even exceed those expectations. Stay tuned to DeaconSports for more on Jarell Eddie and Wake Forest basketball recruiting.

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