Here’s a quick look at just how much New Rochelle has blown up since Sunday afternoon:
First, New Rochelle senior Khalil Edney went viral. Now, he’s gone national.
Edney, the hero of Sunday’s 61-60 victory over Mount Vernon in the Class AA championship, was interviewed on numerous national television programs Monday morning, many of them alongside fellow New Rochelle senior Joe Clarke and coach Rasaun Young. The trio appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” FOX’s “Good Day New York,” the syndicated “Inside Edition,” and ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”
“It’s been exciting,” Edney told “SportsCenter.” “It’s been a long 24 hours. But I celebrated with my fellow teammates, my coach, so it’s been a joyful moment.”
Edney — known best as an all-state quarterback who led the school to a state championship in the fall — was shown dunking a basketball in studio on “Good Morning America” to open a segment about his stunning 60-foot game-winning shot. A more in-depth interview with Edney and Young led the 12 p.m. edition of “SportsCenter” and included a phone interview with New Rochelle native and Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice and a brief highlight of Edney’s last-second touchdown pass to Joe Clarke against Shaker in November’s state semifinals.
“Khalil, I need that jersey,” Rice said. “I need that autograph, man.”
As of 1 p.m., Edney’s newfound fame had help his Twitter followers swell to 1,974. During their media blitz, he, Clarke and teammate Donny Powell were photographed with the pop star Ashanti. Edney posted the photo on his Twitter account.
The Huguenots were scheduled to hold practice at 3:30 Monday afternoon. Monday is the only day the team has to prepare for Binghamton — New Rochelle faces its opponent at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at Purchase College in the Class AA state regional semifinals.
Amid all of this morning’s mayhem, Young, a New Rochelle graduate and the team’s first-year coach, expressed his desire to return to practice. “I just want to coach basketball!!!” Young tweeted.
The New Rochelle stars were scheduled to appear on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” at 9 p.m. Monday night. They canceled the appearance to focus on school and basketball, but will be featured by Soledad O’Brien on CNN Tuesday morning.