Middletown (Ohio) junior forward Vince Edwards’ 27 points weren’t enough, as his Middies fell to Lakota East, 83-67, Friday night.
After trailing 57-34 with under a minute remaining in the third quarter, Edwards led a frantic comeback that cut the lead to 66-60 with 4:42 left in the game. The deficit, however, would be too large in the end.
“They just came out and jumped on us, man,” Edwards told GoBlueWolverine. “We was late. We tried making a comeback on a good team that was already up ten and you got to come out fighting. Like coach said, ‘you got to bring excellence.’ And we didn’t bring tonight.”
Edwards only had four points at halftime, but with Middletown trailing, 35-19, he started to run point-forward to get his teammates more involved.
“I try to get my teammates involved honestly,” the four-star prospect explained. “The shots that are there for me, I’ll take them… but I just try to get my teammates involved and try to create. I had some costly turnovers down the stretch. But I tried to do the best I can to be a leader and keep my team up and score when we need it.”
“Honestly, there is not (a favorite school between the two), ‘cause they have both been recruiting me pretty hard,” he said. “So for me to make a favorite out of both the teams, that’s not fair to me honestly. ‘Cause they are both the same coaching staff. They both recruit hard. So for to say a favorite right now, I couldn’t.”
“Most definitely, both of them are my top-two, most definitely.”
While Edwards has an offer from the Boilermakers, he hasn’t been on campus in quite some time.
“I went to their alumni game this past summer,” he said. “But that was about it. I haven’t been to as afar as an actual basketball game, no I haven’t been.”
Edwards also holds offers from West Virginia, Dayton and Xavier. While Michigan has yet to offer, he expects one to be extended as soon as he visits Ann Arbor. Thus far, scheduling conflicts way to Michigan’s campus.
“I want to go up there,” Edwards stated. “When we had it scheduled, my mom got caught up in her job and she couldn’t do it. It’s just hard for me, ‘cause both of my parents, you know, them being split up and both having to work. It’s not a working process for us to get up there. But I am trying my hardest to make a visit up there.”
With Michigan having a successful basketball season, Edwards says he really enjoys watching their style of play on the court.
“Just the fact that they play ball,” he said. “Coach (John) Beilien just lets them play. Of course they have to listen to their coach, also. Coach Beilien is a great coach. I love how Michigan brings four guards and they make you create the mismatches and make you guard. Then they have the guys that match up with some of the big men on opposing teams. The way they run their program and their plays is pretty good.”
As far as a decision timeline, Edwards has a general idea on when he’ll make his choice.
“Yeah, probably when I start going on those visits and the end of the summer, you know, coming into my senior season I’ll make my decision.,” he said.
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