Bill Edwards Makes His Decision

Bill Edwards waited as long as he could before making a decision, but today, he finally decided on college.

After narrowing it down to three schools (Miami-OH, Penn State, and Central Florida), today Middletown (OH) senior Bill Edwards, Jr. has decided to spend the next four years with Penn State. He also had offers at one point or another from Oklahoma State, Miami-Fl, Massachusetts (with Coach Travis Ford), Texas Christian, Wright State, Dayton, and possibly Michigan.

This past season, Edwards was named Greater Miami Conference (GMC) co-player of the year which he shared with Miami-OH signee Orlando Williams (Edwards was sole recipient after his junior year), 1st team All-Ohio, 1st team All-Cincinnati, and had been named two time Hamilton Journal Butler County player of the year.

. Edwards' shooting percentages this past were 50.6% from the field (GMC #6), 40.5% from behind the arc(#7), 76.5% from the line (#4). Edwards per game averages were also in the GMC Top 10 in every statistical category. The averages in just 25.1 minutes a game were 17.4 points (#4), 4.8 assists (#1), 1.7 steals (#9), 0.8 blocks (#6), and 9.3 rebounds (#1).

Edwards (6'5", 225 lbs) had been a prime target of Miami for years. Edwards is one of the top three or four most highly touted players in Ohio and is the top ranked wing forward.

Edwards comes from a strong basketball pedigree as his mother Glenetta Edwards was a four year star at Monroe (OH) High School and Sinclair Community College. His father, Bill Edwards, Sr., had his number retired at Wright State, played in the NBA, and represented his country with Team USA's "dream team" at the 1998 FIBA World Championships.

Greg Brown has coached Edwards in AAU since the fourth grade. Last fall when he spoke with RedHawk Insider, he gave Edwards the highest praise, "I really do think Bill is the best player in Ohio."

Brown added that Edwards could play every position but center, even in college. Brown said Edwards is strong and athletic enough to rebound in the paint, but is a good enough ball handler to take the ball up the court. Brown added that on the perimeter, he creates mismatches with his skills and size.

Finally, Brown noted that Edwards is an intelligent player who does not feel the need to be the leading scorer every game. Brown said Edwards is a great passer who does not care who scores the points.

With Edwards, Roberts, and the other All-Ohio Force members buying into Brown's team oriented coaching, something often lacking in AAU ball, the Force has been a dominant player in Ohio summer basketball for years. Last July, the squad won Adidas' premier national tournament, the Adidas Take 5 Classic in Cincinnati.

Last fall, Middletown High School Coach Bob Ronai noted that Miami and Penn State had been schools recruiting him the longest and hardest. "Like Miami, Penn State offered and constantly call. They have been recruiting him a long time."

With so many schools interested in Edwards, Coach Ronai's advice to Edwards was to choose a school where he felt comfortable with the setting. Ronai added, "I said, ‘You are going to the school and no one else so you do what feels right.'"

Although Bill had been recruited by BCS programs, Edwards mother Glenetta Edwards did not believe that meant a better program. She said, "It is not the size of the school that matters, it is the best fit."

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