CTK Sophomore Has A Bright Future

Reporter Mike Sullivan discusses the individual game of Christ The King High School guard Corey Edwards, who recently helped the Royals to the Final of the CHSAA "AA" championship held at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York ...

While many worried about the reduction of talent in the New York City Catholic League, the Christ The King basketball program continues to showcase some of the best individual talent in the area in the category of boys basketball.

The Royals lost a heartbreaker to Rice High School in the CHSAA "AA" final held at Fordham University last weekend. Corey Edwards was one particular player that Rice was keying on in an effort to stagnate his speed.

For the first half, Rice did a solid job in doing so. But Edwards got motoring in the second half and helped the Royals make a valiant effort to overtake a big Rice advantage in the fourth quarter.

Corey produced 10 points during the stretch, including two key three-pointers. He also distributed the ball nicely to his other Royals' teammates.

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 165-pounds, Corey is only a sophomore. The 2011 class member is likely to be a key player for the Royals over the next two seasons.

BRIAN TOWEY'S PREVIOUS THOUGHTS ON COREY EDWARDS' INDIVIDUAL GAME:

As dangerous a playmaker and a penetrator there is, many teams lay off him for fear he'll zip past them.

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

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.

COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES OF INTEREST:

Villanova, St. John's, Penn State, Auburn, Kentucky.

AAU TEAM: New Heights

AREAS TO IMPROVE: Shooting, medium and long range.


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