Edwards sees better fit with Sun Devils

Former Valparaiso forward Richie Edwards didn't need to explore all of his options to realize that the ASU basketball team would be the best program for him to transfer to.


"Coach (Lamont) Smith saw my name on a transfer list, researched me and started recruiting me," Edwards said. "I came there on a visit, and I really liked the campus, the facilities, the coaches and the players…they are just phenomenal, great people. Just everything put together helped me make my decision.

"I had some other schools in Florida I was looking at, but none of them were as good of a situation as Arizona State was. There were the only school I visited. I came back after my visit earlier this week, took a couple of days to think about everything and decided that this was the best situation for me."

The 6-7 225-pound Richie Edwards averaged 9.2 ppg and 3.2 rpg for the Crusaders coming off the bench. He said that his talents on both ends of the court were appealing to the Sun Devil staff during the evaluation process.

"The coaches told me that they liked the way I shoot the ball and play defense," Edwards remarked. "I'm someone that can bring a spark off the bench and just overall competiveness. At ASU I know I can play at the natural position for me which is a ¾ and that suits my game better because I can go outside or inside.

"I talked to some of the players on the team, like Jahii Carson, and they said how much they have improved under these coaches. So even though I will only play a year there I know that the coaches at Arizona State can make me a better player."

Edwards will have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play in the 2013-14 season. The forward admitted that the transfer decision was a tough choice to make keeping those circumstances in mind, but at the same time he believes in the ultimate outcome of this action.

"I think that the year I will sit out will still take my game to a whole different level," Edwards explained. "Sitting out will really give me a chance to develop my body, my skill set, and all that will help me help the team the following year."

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