In Justin Jaworski’s first-ever Rumph Classic experience, his presence was certainly felt.
Down big in the fourth quarter to Team Family Over Everything on Friday, Jaworski almost single-handedly completed an Team Arete Sports comeback. Jaworski finished tied for an event high-tying of 33 points, with 21 of those coming in the fourth quarter, including five made three-pointers.
“I feel like I left it all out there,” Jaworski said. “When I hit a couple in a row, at that point, it was just like I’m going to keep shooting them and see if we can win the game. And we were right there, so really good finish for me.”
Throughout the game, event MC and social media star GheeFunny was referring to Jaworski as “Somebody’s Boss,” and the 6-foot-3 guard mentioned the F.O.E. bench was also being vocal toward him.
“It’s all love now,” Jaworski said. “But I just told them like, ‘You don’t know who I am.’ I said, ‘Don’t talk about me, don’t disrespect me like that.’ And then it ended up turning into all love by the end of it.”
Jaworski played his high school ball at Perkiomen Valley before becoming a three-time All-Patriot League seletion at Lafayette College. He spent the 2021-22 season with the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G-League, averaging 9.8 points per game.
Playing in an environment like the Rumph Classic gave Jaworski an opportunity to show out in front of a new group of people that might not be aware of him. He scored 15 points in game one against Team Rumph Center and is averaging 24 points per game at the event.
“[I] had a lot of success in Philadelphia gyms, so like the basketball community I feel like knows me, but the neighborhood I feel like doesn’t know me,” he said. “So it was really cool for me to get out and kind of show my face and show my skills in front of a new crowd.”
While this was Jaworski’s first time actually coming to the Rumph Classic, he’s always been aware of it and kept up with the event from the outside.
“I always followed it on social media and all of that,” Jaworski said. “Obviously, a lot of friends played in it like Quade Green, Nate Pierre-Louis, BJ Johnson. … So guys that I’ve worked out with I’ve always kept up with but never saw it in person until this year.”
Justin Jaworski @JustinJaworski3 aka “somebody’s boss” was turning heads on Friday night at the Rumph with a 33 point performance for Arete Sports. Legendary moments. Remember the name. #savethenextbrightstar pic.twitter.com/VITNTeyUqe
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