Freshman Prince Is Making An Early Mark For The Scarlet Knights

By Richard Kent
Updated: November 23, 2006

Epiphanny Prince

Epiphanny Prince

CONNECTICUT — We all know about the 113 points that Rutgers freshman guard Epiphanny Prince scored last winter for Murray Bergtraum High of Brooklyn Remember, she shot a mind boggling 54-of-60 from the field against Brandeis High School breaking Cheryl Miller’s all-time girls high school scoring record.

Prince and her coach, Ed Grezinsky, were roundly criticized for the effort. So the big question loomed for the high school All American and Rutgers recruit: Could she do it on the college level?

How would Prince fair against quicker, more intense, and physically stronger athletes? Would she be able to replace First Team All American Cappie Pondexter?

So far, the 5-foot-9 Prince is well on her way. In three road games for the 1-2 Scarlet Knights, Prince is averaging just under 20 points (19.3), five rebounds (4.3), and four steals (3.3) on the season.

In Rutgers’ lone win on the season against Florida, Prince torched the Gators for 29 points. She was also just named the Big East Women’s Basketball Freshman of The Week for that performance.

Prince does not start yet, but it’s just a matter of time. She’s clearly the best player on the Scarlet Knights at least until star guard Matee Ajavon returns from injury in early January.

The Scarlet Knights are still in the Top 25 even with a losing record and it’s in large part because of Prince. They play a very tough Penn State team Friday night in the Virgin Islands and then either Western Kentucky or Arizona State.

Rutgers is a young team that plays five freshman in Vivian Stringer’s current rotation. Will Rutgers win the National Champiosnhip this year? Probably not. They are simply too young.

But Prince should see at least one Championship before she graduates. She is that good.