Edwards Is One Of NYC's Top Underclassmen

Reporter Brian Towey has a recruiting update and a look at the individual game of Christ The King sophomore prospect Corey Edwards, who already has some scholarship offers from college division one programs ...

The book on Christ the King's Corey Edwards is this: lay off him. Let him shoot it. As dangerous a playmaker and a penetrator the 5-foot-11, 165 pounder is, it's a concession teams are willing to make.

"I think that teams are coming up with a game plan, and they're saying, 'Let Corey beat us'," said Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello.

"Teams are definitely looking to lay off me," said Edwards. "Coach has been telling me, 'You've got to get in the gym and work on your shooting, put up 200, 300, 400 shots a day'."

The onus has been on Edwards, still only a sophomore, to adjust. It's pretty heady stuff for an underclassman, but then again, the Queens native isn't your average youngster.

Edwards has emerged as one of New York City's top young talents. As the point guard for one of the top programs in the CHSAA and in New York City, it's a hefty responsibility. However, it's one Arbitello thinks he can handle.

"He's a leader," said Arbitello. "As a sophomore. That's what he does best."

With poise beyond his years and superb playmaking instincts, Edwards' development bears watching. He is a rocket in the open floor, thriving in transition situations where he can use his speed and court savvy to produce points.

However, he considers his defense to be his best asset. "My defense is my biggest strength," said Edwards. "And penetrating and making other people around me better."

In Christ the King's high-octance attack, Edwards is quite literally the engine, and very much at home. "(Getting up and down) Is the strength of our team," said Arbitello. "Our strength is go, go, go."

It's early in his recruitment, but the sophomore is on the high-major radar. He lists interest from Villanova, Kentucky, Auburn, St. John's, and Penn State, and claims offers from St. John's and Auburn.

The New Heights AAU standout will bring his transition-friendly game to the circuit this summer. In the meantime, there's plenty of work to be done.

"I've mostly been working on my shooting," said Edwards. "(Also) Penetrating, pullups, floaters- it all comes into play at some point in the game."

"He knows how to play the game of basketball," said Arbitello. "He may not always execute well. When he gets a little bit older, a little bit stronger, and a little bit tougher (his know-how) is what's going to make him a great basketball player."

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