College Round-up: Former Jamaica standout helps George Mason win

By Dylan Butler

But the former Jamaica High School star took it all in stride. She played nine minutes – almost six more than her season average – and had one point, three rebounds and one block to help the Patriots to a 61-54 win over the Lady Jaspers.

“It was special,” Edobor-Osula said. “My dad's only been to two high school games and my mom never got the chance to see me. It was nice to see them both at the game.”

After averaging 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 blocks her senior year at Jamaica and winning numerous accolades, Edobor-Osula had to get used to being a small fish in a large pond during her first year of college hoops.

“In high school I used to play all the time,” she said. “But in college, you don't get as much time right away. I know I need to get stronger and hit the weights, but I'm not scared to go against any defense.”

While she was the star at Jamaica, playing for the Gauchos/Excel AAU team also helped Edobor-Osula prepare for college ball.

“We're really pleased with her,” said George Mason head coach Debby Taneyhill. “She's a freshman who came in from a great AAU team. She really gives us a surprising weapon off the bench with her size and mobility.”

Edobor-Osula, who has averaged 3.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in nine games for the Patriots this year, also helped land another quality city player, as Bishop Loughlin senior, 6-foot-1 Danielle Chambers, also from the Gauchos/Excel AAU program, signed a letter of intent to attend George Mason in the fall.

Queens Division I standouts

Hollis resident and former Cardozo standout Royal Ivey, a 6-foot-4 freshman, had nine points, two steals, two rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes as the starting point guard in the University of Texas' 72-64 upset win over No. 5 Illinois Saturday in Austin, Tex.

In an 88-55 win over Quinnipiac Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Queens Village native Uka Agabi had 14 points, six rebounds and three steals as the Boston College Eagles improved to 9-0. The former Archbishop Molloy standout is third on BC in scoring, averaging 10.1 points per game.

Long Island City resident and former Christ the King standout Kason Mims was scoreless in six minutes for the Braves.

Former Bayside standout Jeff McMillan, a 6-foot-8 freshman power forward, scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but it was not enough as Fordham fell to Siena, 107-91, Saturday.

South Jamaica native Jermaine Clark, a 6-foot-5 junior, had nine points, five steals, three assists and two rebounds in Fairfield's 100-66 loss to state foe UConn Friday night. LeFrak City resident and St. John's Prep grad Taliek Brown had two points and seven assists for the No. 12 Huskies.

Holy Cross grad Yves Kabore had nine assists and two steals in 18 minutes off the bench in Wagner's 97-82 loss to No. 11 Seton Hall at the Continental Airlines Arena Friday night. The 6-foot junior point guard, is second on the Seahawks averaging 3.0 assists per game.

Former Forest Hills standout JaJa Bey had 13 points and grabbed five rebounds in Long Island University's 75-68 loss to Colgate Saturday in Brooklyn. The LeFrak City resident leads the Blackbirds, averaging 10.4 points per game.

Astoria native Keith Leslie, out of St. John's Prep, added eight points for LIU in the loss.

Sophomore guard Reggie Brown, from Archbishop Molloy, had 10 points and four assists as Richmond defeated Appalachian State, 86-60, last Thursday.

Another former Stanner, 5-foot-11 freshman guard Ed O'Neil, had four points, four assists and three steals in 22 minutes off the bench for Charleston Southern in an 81-68 loss to Jacksonville State last Thursday.

Former Cardozo star Melvin Robinson had nine points and two rebounds and McClancy grad Daryl Boykins added four points and two assists in St. Peter's 85-83 win Saturday. The freshman point guard from Jamaica leads the Peacocks in assists, averaging 3.4 per game.

Jave Meade, a 6-foot-1 freshman guard from Christ the King, scored five points, dished out four assists, grabbed three rebounds and had three steals in 19 minutes for Holy Cross in the Crusaders 47-46 loss to Princeton Saturday.

Forest Hills grad Ronald Yates, a 6-foot-4 freshman forward, had five points, added two assists and two rebounds in the University of Maryland-Baltimore County's 85-69 loss to No. 14 Virginia Saturday. Molloy grad Justin Wilson, a 6-foot sophomore point guard, added two points and three assists for the Retrievers.