The first live period of the summer is officially underway, and some of the top high school players in the country came out to DeMatha Catholic High School for the Ty Lawson and Victor Oladipo All-American Camp. One of those talents included, Towson (Md.) Calvert Hall 2015 guard Drew Edwards.
“Its really great to play against a lot of these guys, I don’t always get to play against a lot of good competition like this all time,” Edwards said. “I was a little nervous at first and I was missing a lot of shots I normally hit, but as I started going along I started to clam down and got a little looser and started playing better.”
In his first game Edwards was having some trouble getting the ball down, however, he didn’t let that effect his play on the other end of the court.
“When I start missing shots I get madder and madder, so that pushes me to play harder on defense and try to get more shots,” Edwards said. “I felt like I started doing well on defense and then my shots started dropping.”
With some added bulk on his frame, the 6-foot-3, 177-pounder certainly wasn’t shying away from contact on the defensive end.
“I have been doing a lot of strength training this summer. I have already put on like 13 pounds so I am going to keep trying to push that,” Edwards said. “When I talk to coaches they like my size, but they want me to focus on getting stronger and quicker.”
He added, “I am doing a lot of agility and ball handling, working on my explosiveness and quickness.”
While Edwards continues to hone his skills, he has already caught the eye of a number of college coaches. The Calvert Hall guard holds offers from a number of major programs including, Southern California, Clemson, Dayton, Richmond, Providence and Kansas State, among others, however there are a few programs beginning to separate themselves from the pack.
“I have a couple schools at the top right now, I can’t really decide on one yet,” Edwards said. “I would Kansas State, Providence, Dayton, and Richmond, those are the ones really standing out to me right now.
Edwards expanded on each of the aforementioned schools.
“Providence, I love the school especially coach [Ed] Cooley. He is a really good guy and I think he wants the best for everybody,” Edwards said. “If I were to go there, I would go there for him. I really like them a lot.
“Coach [Kevin] Kuwik at Dayton, he was the first guy that was really on me since I was young so I have developed a great relationship with him,” Edwards said. “I went down there [to Dayton] and I loved the school. I loved what they had to offer, and when it comes down to making a decision they will definitely be in the mix, and at the top of the schools I am considering.
“I am really close with him coach [Jamal] Brunt at Richmond too, and I talk to coach [Chester] Frazier at Kansas State all the time too. So those are kind of the schools standing out to me right now.”
Edwards plans to narrow his list by the end of July, and make a decision around the end of the summer.
“I want somewhere with a big atmosphere. I always dreamed of playing in big atmosphere when I was young, and then I also want somewhere where I feel like I fit the offense,” Edwards said. “Somewhere where there is a lot of movement offense wise, a motion offense. I love the type of offense where we can play just play.”
Edwards Narrowing Things Down
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