New York City Guard Ready For Junior Year

Reporter Mike Sullivan discusses the individual game of Corey Edwards, who recently competed with the New Heights' AAU basketball program, leading to a championship win over the New York Panthers ...

Corey Edwards continues to make progress in his individual game. The 5-foot-11 guard prospect from Christ The King High School in Middle Village, New York, recently helped his New Heights AAU team claim a fall league championship, defeating the defending champions, New York Panthers.

This has helped ease the pain of last year's heartbreaking loss while playing for CTK against Rice High School in the CHSAA "AA" final held at Fordham University.

The 165-pounder had a big second half during this game in which he showcased his ability to score from many spots on the floor. In the IS8 fall league, Edwards said he's working on his strength and perimeter consistency.

The 2011 class member is going to be a key player as a junior this season for the Royals. The local colleges and universities have been keeping their eyes on his progress too.

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: St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova, Penn State, Auburn, Kentucky.

AAU TEAM: New Heights

AREAS TO IMPROVE: Shooting, medium and long range.


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