Arizona State is adding a potential impact scoring guard to its roster.
Rob Edwards, who averaged 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds last season as a sophomore at Cleveland State, is transferring to join the Sun Devils. He'll have to sit out the 2017-18 season and then have two seasons of eligibility.
After visiting ASU last weekend, Edwards narrowed his focus to four schools: ASU, Missouri, Texas and Pitt. The Detroit native officially visited Pitt and ASU before the decision.
"Yeah the coaching staff reached out to me more and I felt more comfortable about that," Edwards said. "I feel as if I'm far away from home then I would have to build a relationship with people, starting with who's going to be coaching me. And I feel as if Arizona State made me a believer that they will be there for me and have my back."
Edwards, 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, was Cleveland State's top player and a second-team Horizon League performer last season on a team that went 9-22. He shot .413 from the field and .354 from 3-point range.
"I just felt at home (at ASU)," he said. "Everyone showed love. I felt that coach (Bobby) Hurley really wanted me a lot and believed I can impact the program in a good way for the both of us. I love the atmosphere there and everything was just laid out how I expected it to be. And my family felt as if this decision was best for us in the long run."
Edwards elected to leave Cleveland State after its 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."
The Sun Devils still have two remaining available scholarships for 2017-18.