The Pangos All-American Camp is an invite-only event and has long served as a premier stage for high school players to showcase their skills and talents in front of NBA teams, national scouts and media outlets. Pro Insight spent the week in Las Vegas and caught up with Justin Edwards of Imhotep Charter School (PA) and Team Final (PA). Edwards is a lanky forward with impressive shooting flashes and real ground coverage potential as a defender.
Edwards is ranked third in the class of 2023 per 247Sports, and is set to announce his commitment on July 25th, with Kentucky and Tennessee as the two reported finalists.
As part of the Pro Insight Q&A series, Edwards details the influence his mother had on him growing up, his expected role in college, his recruitment, and more.
For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present the 2023 prospect Justin Edwards, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
Pro Insight: What are you hoping you showed over the past few days?
Justin Edwards: That I can play multiple positions and that I can handle the ball. I don’t really showcase it a lot but I like to take the opportunity to showcase that I can handle the ball.
PI: For those who haven’t seen your game, how would you describe it?
JE: Under control, good at picking my spots and stuff. I don’t really take bad shots a lot.
PI: What would you say are your biggest strengths?
JE: Getting to the rim and getting my teammates involved.
PI: Over the next year, what are you hoping to focus on the most?
JE: Everything. There is always something that I can get better at.
PI: What do you see your role being as you go to college and the NBA?
JE: Being a wing/forward. The same thing that I am now.
PI: What are you looking for in a college program both on and off the court?
JE: Just the connection, the family connection. I am big on family and being able to be myself.
PI: Is there a specific playstyle you prefer?
JE: It doesn’t really matter because I have been watching the schools that have been recruiting me. I’ve been watching their playstyles.
PI: What schools have been talking to you most right now?
JE: Kentucky, Auburn, Tennessee, and Kansas.
PI: Could you share a little bit about your family and background and how you got to this point?
JE: My mom played professional basketball, she played overseas. She is my motivation because she sacrificed a lot for me with basketball and I’m just trying to pay her back.
PI: When did you start playing basketball?
JE: Around the fourth grade.
PI: Did you play any other sports growing up?
JE: I played football but we are not going to talk about that. I did a year in North Carolina with my dad, and I came to Philly and played and that was it. It was too cold, I didn’t like playing outdoors during the winter.
PI: Who have been your biggest influences and role models in life?
JE: My mom.
PI: What are your interests off the court?
JE: Playing games, hanging out with my little brother and my girlfriend.
PI: What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
JE: I got a great personality.
PI: If basketball wasn’t an option, what’s a career you would pursue?
JE: I don’t know, honestly just basketball right now.
PI: Who are your top-five artists right now?
JE: Lil Baby, No Cap, G-Herbo, Lil Durk, and Rod Wave.
PI: Favorite shoes to wear on and off the court?
JE: On the court, Kobes and KDs. Off the court, I just wear my slides.
PI: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
JE: In the NBA.