Edwards in Search of "Best Fit"

Bill Edwards, Jr. (6-5, 225) of Middletown (OH) High School was once ranked by a recruiting service as one of the top 60 players in the nation. He is universally considered one of the top 5 players in Ohio's 2009 class. Despite being injured for part of this past season, as a junior he was Greater Miami Conference (GMC) Player of the Year. Edwards was also Butler County Player of the Year.

Bill Edwards, Jr. (6-5, 225) of Middletown (OH) High School was once ranked by a recruiting service as one of the top 60 players in the nation. He is universally considered one of the top 5 players in Ohio's 2009 class. Despite being injured for part of this past season, as a junior he was Greater Miami Conference (GMC) Player of the Year. Edwards was also Butler County Player of the Year. He averaged 16.7ppg and 10.2 boards.

Edwards is big wing player who looks like a power forward. He can play every position but center. Edwards can shoot, drive, and is a very good passer. He can also rebound as well as any power forward. Edwards is a scorer, but is comfortable in any role.

Edwards also comes from a strong basketball bloodline. His mother Glenetta Edwards was a star basketball player for Monroe High School near Middletown where she was a four year starter. Glenetta went to college at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio where she led the school to a conference title. She continues to be involved with basketball and is currently the women's assistant varsity coach at Middletown High.

Edwards' father, Bill Edwards, Sr., was arguably the best player ever to wear a Wright State uniform. Edwards, Sr., who led WSU to it's first ever Division I NCAA tournament in 1993, has a banner hanging from the Nutter Center rafters with his name on it. Edwards, Sr. also had a fine career in professional basketball and currently still plays in the Deveroes Summer League at Woodward High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For years, Edwards has been playing with All-Ohio Force along with PG Zack Brown (Lipscomb commit), PF Griffin McKenzie, as well as his cousin and high school teammate CG Allen Roberts. The team will disband after the AAU Nationals currently being played in Orlando, Florida.

Glenetta Edwards indicated that now is an emotional time for the team. She stated that the core of All-Ohio Force, Coach by Greg Brown (Zach's father), has been playing as a team for years. "They are getting sad because most of them have been together since the fifth grade."

Early in July, All-Ohio Force surprised everyone throughout the country by winning the Take 5 Classic in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Take 5 Classic is the premier Adidas event of the summer.

Bill Edwards may not be done with AAU ball however. Last year, he started an AAU team for his younger brother Vincent called the Cincinnati Tarheels. His father, Edwards, Sr., was the assistant coach last season. Now that Edwards, Jr. has been busy this year playing extensively with All-Ohio Force, Edwards, Sr. has taken over the head coaching duties for the time being.

Edwards has been very much involved in the community. Glenetta said that a lot of kids, including his brother Vincent, look up to her son Bill. It is for that reason that she hopes Edwards goes to a college close to home.

Particularly, she wants her son to play for the "Miami RedHawks." Miami is located in Oxford, Ohio. Oxford and Middletown, both in Butler County, are only a half hour drive from each other. Glenetta said, "I like the Miami RedHawks because he can be close to home and kids can come see him." She added, "Bill is a great kid and I would like him to be close to home. I am really rooting for (him to pick) the Miami RedHawks."

Although Edwards does have some offers from power conference schools, Glenetta does not necessarily believe the BCS is better. She said, "It is not the size of the school that matters, it is the best fit."

Although Glenetta favors Miami, she recognizes that it is ultimately her son's choice, not hers. She indicated that Edwards does not have a leader. Glenetta said, "No one school stands out with him. He talks to Miami-OH a lot. When he signed up for his ACTs in early May/late April, the three schools he listed to have his scores sent to were the Miami RedHawks, Miami(FL) Hurricanes, and Michigan State."

Glenetta Edwards stated he has offers from "Miami(OH), Miami(FL), Kent, Penn State, Wright State, and Virginia." Although Edwards went to Indiana's Elite Camp (the only camp he attended), she does not believe IU has offered her son. Recently, Edwards' High School coach told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Edwards already has twelve offers.

Glenetta indicated that her son does not have any visits lined up in the near future. Edwards has visited Miami on a number of occasions and has also visited Ohio State. On one visit to Miami last season, Edwards and Allen Roberts were seen rushing the floor of Millett Hall with the Miami students after the RedHawks beat Xavier.

Glenetta Edwards said that she and Edwards will sit down after the AAU Nationals and begin to discuss his college options in detail. At that time, he will narrow down his list of schools.

Of final note, Glenetta Edwards said that Miami is the only school to have offered both her son and Allen Roberts. She indicated that the two have talked about playing together in the past, but she has not heard her son mention that recently.

Stay posted to RedHawk Insider as we follow the recruitment of Bill Edwards.


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