Ed Jones, Edgewood, basketball

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December 03, 2006|By BILL FREE

Starting his second season on varsity, Edgewood's Ed Jones transferred after his sophomore year from Charlotte, N.C., where he lived with his grandmother, to reside with his mother in Edgewood. Jones, 6 feet 3, played a major role last season in the Rams' 19 victories, averaging 10 points. He is adjusting to a new coach, Lamont Pennick.

How is the team responding to the new emphasis on fundamentals and discipline?

We're doing good. It's a little different from last year, but we're adjusting to it. The main difference is the team. We have a whole different team from last year. We just ran plays last year and didn't work on fundamentals.

Where do you do most of your scoring?

Probably in the paint on 15-foot jumpers and layups. I will also attempt about five three-pointers a game.

What kind of team will you have this season?

I think we're going to have a good team, a lot better than people expect us to have. We're going to surprise a lot of people.

How does high school basketball in North Carolina compare to Maryland?

It's a lot different. It's like, I'd say more aggressive down there and more physical. I wouldn't say they're more enthusiastic down there. I'd just say they're more physical. They're just as enthusiastic here in Maryland.

Is the brand of high school basketball better down there?

It's hard to say. I'd say there were more athletic players in the county where I was. But the players over here are just as good.

How does it feel to be one of the players the team is relying on this year?

It's kind of hard, but I'm willing to take that pressure. I think I can come through for the team. I'm expecting to be one of the top scorers on the team, just like the coach is counting on me for.

Do you plan on playing beyond high school?

Yeah, I'm trying to get a scholarship to college. I think it's possible, but I'm not going to set real high expectations that I'm not going to come through with.

What expectations do you have for this season?

I want to do better than last season, when we lost in the first round of the playoffs.

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