Jaleel Charles is the X-Factor



Jaleel Charles is one of the few players with Division I potential who hasn’t received a letter. That’s a single college correspondence from any level. Simply put Charles is an unknown.

Hard to believe but the 6-7, 285-pound rising senior wide body was playing the light on his feet at Live In AC, playing for New York-based Raising Champions.

As a junior, Charles averaged 14.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and two blocks for Thomas Edison High, which hovered near the bottom of PSAL Queens AA.

For his size or girth is nimble, soft-handed, fearless on the boards and a hard worker in the low post. He’s considered a tranfer to NIA Prep in nearby Newark, N.J., but the resident of Far Rockaway, N.Y. is soaking up the experience at Live In AC.

“Wherever I play, I’m a team player,” Charles said. “I look for the open man but know when the shot’s mine to take.

But, before Charles, a three-year starter at Edison, ascends to the next level, he has a concern.

“My weight,” he admitted. “I have to cut down eating and improve my overall fitness. That’s something I’m working on now.”

Jaleel has been on tear since the summer, taking home MVP in the Pre-Season Tipoff at Thomas Jefferson Campus. Jaleel is averaging 20PPG, 15RPG and 2BLKS while leading Thomas Edison to a 4-2 start. You can catch Jaleel in action at 8th Annual Queens Classic December 29th, 2012 where Thomas Edison takes on John Bowne HS at 4:15pm. The event takes places at John Bowne HS where the actions starts at 11am.


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