Manhattan Jaspers Receive Verbal Commitment from NYC Forward Edson Avila

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Manhattan Jaspers Receive Verbal Commitment from NYC Forward Edson Avila

Barry Rohrssen has added another verbal commitment for the 2011-12 season.

Edson Avila, a 6'9" forward from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, NY, made his commitment to the Jaspers on Tuesday. 

Despite averaging only five points and five rebounds per game last season, Avila has supposedly made big improvements. Thomas Jefferson coach Lawrence Pollard said, "We feel he's one of the best big men in the city. He's gonna prove it this year."

Avila is currently ranked as the No. 19 power forward from the Mid-Atlantic region for the class of 2011 on midatlantichoops.com. 

Avila had also been getting consideration from some other bigger schools, such as Colorado, Pittsburgh, Providence, and Siena. In the end, the locality of Manhattan College attracted Avila the most.

"My family and loved ones can watch me," Avila said to Zach Braziller of the NY Post. "Once I stepped on campus, it felt like home."

Avila supposedly has great strength in the post and is pretty athletic. He joins high school teammate Davontay Grace and Poughkeepsie guard Dayvon Whitaker in the Manhattan College recruiting class of 2011.

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