Shacore Edwards Continues To Shine!
By Adam Finkelstein
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- The Hoop Group held its annual Fall Jam Fest last weekend, welcoming many of the top programs in the Northeast. The story of this year's event was the tremendous underclassmen talent on hand. Several players stood out from the Class of 2013 and one dominant big man emerged in the 2014 class.
Shacore Edwards (Irvington, N.J./Irvington)
2013, SF, 6-foot-4 Team: Playaz Basketball Club
Edwards is a strong, athletic swing man who puts immediate pressure on the defense. He has a quick first step, goes hard to the basket and has the physical tools to go either through or around contact. Edwards' jumper is still his Achilles heel, but he has developed more consistency with his mid-range pull-up, and can get to that shot either by stepping back or elevating above the defense. From deeper ranges, he is capable, but he is inconsistent with his mechanics and results. Defensively, he has the physical package to eventually develop into a dominant on-ball presence.
Jaren Sina (Gladstone, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's)
2013, PG, 6-1 Team: Hoop Heaven Heat Elite
Sina is a super skilled point guard with a high basketball IQ. Not an explosive athlete, he has the full gambit of ball skills at his disposal and can consequently attack the defense in a number of ways. He is a high-level shooter that needs little space to get his shot off, and is equally effective off the catch or the dribble. Sina came off ball screens and flair screens well this weekend, scoring or hitting the role man. He uses a soft floater and perfected shot fake, and demonstrated the ability to make big shots down the stretch of games.
Rondee Jefferson (Chester, Pa./Chester)
2013, SF, 6-6 Team: Team Final
A long and athletic forward that put up big numbers throughout the weekend, Jefferson uses his plethora of physical tools to get the ball to the basket and score at the rim. With the body of a power forward and the game of a slashing wing, Jefferson makes plays off the dribble going north to south and east to west. He will bring smaller defenders to the low post with good results, too. Defensively, he can match up with multiple positions, block shots from the weak side of the floor and get his hands on balls in full court pressure situations. He is a consistent jump shot away from being a big-time prospect.
Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate our alumnus and wish them the best down the road. TOLD YOU THEY WERE NICE!