Jabari Edwards: Majors Take Notice

Jabari Edwards is a player in the 2006 class to watch over the next year

Jabari Edwards is the type of prospect almost every college coach loves. He has a lean body, long arms, the ability to alter shots from the pivot position and only needs to get stronger to be a major college basketball player.

While at the recent event at Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, the 6-foot-9 center scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked 4 shots to lead his high school team, Poly Prep, to a 40-35 victory over Bishop Ford.

Edwards, a member of the 2006 class, says he is about 188 pounds. Maybe that's a bit of a stretch but he will eventually have more muscle and weight on his frame to allow him to finish more effectively.

Despite getting off to a slow start because of the extra defensive attention he was getting from Bishop Ford, Edwards used his terrific ability to make an acrobatic tip in that got him back in rhythm. He made a similar put-back in the second half to halt a Bishop Ford run and swing the momentum back in his team's favor.

Edwards is an aggressive rebounder on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. He has good vision to spot a guard for a fast break opportunity after a defensive rebound and elevates well for offensive put-backs. Despite his wiry thin frame, he is not afraid to mix it up inside either. Although he is primarily an inside threat, he showed good form and shooting touch in nailing a baseline jumper late in the first half.

The big man's package of skills has attracted the attention already of several Big East schools including Villanova, Pittsburgh, St. John's, and Boston College. Hofstra has offered him a scholarship and had scouts in attendance at Holy Cross to monitor his progress. St. John's and Pittsburgh also had coaches on hand to watch Edwards perform.

Edwards will be playing at a tournament in Las Vegas. In addition to these tournaments, he will play for the city scholastic team at the Empire State Games.

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