Former Cleveland State guard Rob Edwards is planning to transfer to one of three schools.
Edwards averaged 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting .413 from the field and .354 from three-point range last season as a sophomore for a Horizon League team that finished 9-22 overall. The second-team all-conference performer will sit out the 2017-18 season and then have two seasons of eligibility.
Arizona State, Texas and Pittsburgh are the three candidates under consideration. Edwards visited Pitt two weekends ago, Arizona State last weekend, and he is planning to visit Texas in the coming days.
"I'm trying to go out there this weekend and then determine my decision either before the semester ends or right after," Edwards said. "I think these schools that I have are some of the schools that want me the most because they've been talking to me for the longest. As soon as the season ended and I got my release, those were the schools that contacted me right away and have showed the most interest. So those are the ones that I'm going to make my decision on."
The Sun Devils made immediate contact upon Edwards receiving permission to engage with other programs, and have done as good a job as any program at building a subsequent relationship according to Edwards.
I've really been talking with (associate head) coach (Rashon) Burno and then coach (Bobby) Hurley has talked with me a few times," Edwards said. "He's a head coach so he's got a lot going on but he has called and texted a few times and told me how much he wants me and stuff like that. I've been talking with coach Burno a lot though.
"With Arizona State, it was really good people on the visit and also a great environment. Coach Hurley, I'm sure he wants me to play for him. He told me he has a spot ready for me. I just felt like everything was fine there."
Originally from Detroit, Edwards is used to a urban settings and said Tempe would be a little different than he's used to even though it's in one of the largest metro areas in the country.
"I definitely could see myself there," he said. "It was pretty nice, something different. I've been to some west coast places like Vegas for AAU and Cali for vacations with my parents. I've never been to Arizona. I think I would be okay with the distractions. If you want to advance your game and be as prepared as you can be for that next level, you do what need to. I feel like I'm just becoming that person, just block everything out, still have a good time but focus on what's important."
Pitt also made a good impression according to Edwards.
It was pretty cool, where the school is placed at and the city," he said. "Of course the coaches are going to show me a good time. I was just trying to base it off of like the school environment and the people and anything that could help me with my goals."
Edwards made the decision to transfer after former Cleveland State coach Gary Waters retired, and the school took nearly three weeks to hire a replacement. He didn't feel tethered to the school in any way at that point, and wanted to increase the level of competition and play at a better resourced program.
"It's another step," he said. "I didn't have any other offers out of high school. This was the only scholarship offer I had. Coach Waters believed in me but now that he's gone, I don't feel like I have a relationship with any of the new coaches here. They've called and talked with me but I just don't see it as a benefit for me to stay there. Plus it took them a long time to determine who the coach was and by then I was in my mind already ready to move on."
"I feel like it's a better opportunity for me to go somewhere that's a higher level and work to mature my skills, play against better competition, and practice too, and [benefit] from resources that help make it a better situation. It's definitely more resources at a higher level, better exposure, and playing against the top college competition every night."