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St. John's Edge add Skeete: Player’s last name will raise some eyebrows here, but so might his game

Associated Press file photo/Tony Dejak — In this March 14, 2013 file photo, Kent State's Randal Holt (3) jumps to the basket against Buffalo's Jarryn Skeete during their game in the Mid-American Conference men's basketball tournament in Cleveland. Skeete has been signed by the NBL Canada's St. John's Edge. who open their training camp Monday.
Associated Press file photo/Tony Dejak — In this March 14, 2013 file photo, Kent State's Randal Holt (3) jumps to the basket against Buffalo's Jarryn Skeete during their game in the Mid-American Conference men's basketball tournament in Cleveland. Skeete has been signed by the NBL Canada's St. John's Edge. who open their training camp Monday.

Ontario guard played four years of NCAA Division 1 basketball before turning pro with NBL Canada's Cape Breton Highlanders last year

If by chance, Allen Iverson came out of retirement to play for the St. John’s Edge this fall, there’s a good chance his jerseys would still be outsold by those of another guard on the roster.

That is if Jarryn Skeete makes the team.

Given the Newfoundland idiom and given the surname of the player in question, one of the latest signing announcements for the Edge might seem like some sort of joke or public relations scheme or both.
But the truth is Skeete looks to be a solid addition to the training-camp roster of the National Basketball League of Canada expansion team.
The 6-3 guard played four years of Division 1 NCAA basketball for the University of Buffalo, was named to the Mid-American Conference all-rookie team in 2013 and started 97 of the 122 games he played for the Bulls, who made it to the NCAA March Madness tournament twice during his time at the school.
Skeete also has a year of experience in NBL Canada, having played 22 games for the Cape Breton Highlanders last season. What’s more, he is a Canadian — the 23-year-old is from Brampton, Ont. The Edge need to have five Canadians on their season-opening roster of 12.
The Edge announced one other signing over the weekend and it’s another 6-3 guard. The team, which opens training camp today in St. John, is also bringing in Andre Paulk, a Cleveland native who played for Shaw University in North Carolina, an NCAA Division 2 school.

The Edge now have 16 players — including seven Canadians — on their pre-season roster.

 

brendan.mccarthy@thetelegram.com

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