September is here. Summer is gone for another year and the student-athletes are back on campus for the fall semester and get themselves ready for the upcoming challenge of this new season. Not just any season but a season where history can be written by winning a third consecutive Northeast Conference regular season and tournament championship. LIU Brooklyn released the 2012-13 men’s basketball roster during my vacation hiatus. There are a few new names to the Blackbirds’ team which of course we already knew about for quite some time and then there are couple more new names that we aren’t so familiar with. We already knew about incoming freshmens D.J. Griggs and E.J. Reed. We also knew about sophomore Khalid Murphy who transferred from University of San Francisco over the summer and will have to sit out this season. The two new names to the roster who some might or might not have heard of before are Kedar Edwards and Gilbert Parga.
Kedar Edwards is a name we have heard months ago that LIU had interest in. ESPN recruiting had Edwards as considering LIU Brooklyn since early last season. Edwards had been rumored at one time to have committed to going to South Carolina but then those rumors were quickly voided by him and his HS coaches. LIU beat out schools like Dayton, La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Towson and Manhattan to win over his services. Edwards is a 6’4″, 190 lbs. shooting guard who started his high school career in Brooklyn playing at Wingate H.S. before transferring to West Oaks Academy in Orlando, FL. Although I couldn’t find his senior year stats, he did average 17 ppg and 10 rpg in his junior year at West Oak. If you look at some of his youtube videos including this one:
You can see he is a dunker and has very good leaping ability. Also, it looks like his likes to find the open man and is not afraid to share the ball. His weakness seems to be his defense according to some recruiting sites. He was also first team all-state in Florida in both his junior and senior years. He was once ranked the 14th best senior in Florida. He could win himself some frontcourt minutes off the bench this season if can get the job done on the boards and finish on some moves to the rim.
Gilbert Brandon Parga is a junior college transfer from Citrus College in California. He is a 6’4″, 205 lbs. shooting guard/small forward. Last season, he started in all 28 games he played and averaged 17.8 ppg and 3.4 rpg. He shot over 50% from the field and shot nearly 45% from three on 116 3-PT attempts. Good free throw shooter at 82% and averaged the 2nd most minutes played on the team. His team finished 28-2 last season and was a perfect 12-0 in their conference. In this highlight video I found of him from high school, he appears to have good outside touch and can knock down jumpers. His height will help his cause in getting some spot playing time and he can play at either the 2 or 3 spot which further helps his cause. He should add depth at both positions and I could see him being used as a three-point specialist if or when it becomes needed.