Edwards pledges to the Hawks

On Sunday afternoon, St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli received a phone call from Illinois. And for the second time this month, St. Joe's received a commitment from an Illinois senior. In April, it was Kenwood Academy wing Nick Robinson. Then, on Sunday afternoon, it was 6'7 forward Lorenzo Edwards, out of Lake Forest. Get a full report inside.

Nick Robinson and Lorenzo Edwards both took official visits to Saint Joseph's the same weekend, back in March. The two Illinois high school stars visited St. Joe's from March 28th to the 30th. Then, on April 13th, after visiting Hawk Hill and Cal, Robinson offered up a commitment to SJU. On Sunday afternoon, Lorenzo Edwards also decided to become a Hawk.

Lorenzo Edwards is a 6'7 skilled face-up forward who spent all four years of his high school career at Lake Forest High School in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago. On the AAU circuit, Edwards ran with the Nike EYBL-based Meanstreets. There, he played alongside Wisconsin commit Mike Ballard, DePaul commit Devin Gage, Buffalo commit James Jones, and high-major 2017 recruit Nojel Eastern. In 13 games last summer with Meanstreets, on the EYBL, Edwards averaged 7.2 points and 5 rebounds per game. A solid summer on the AAU circuit, agsint elite-level competition, prepared Edwards for what was a sensational senior year at Lake Forest.

As a senior, Edwards averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds a game for Lake Forest, leading them to an 18-10 record. Edwards' game took a massive leap forward this year, as he went from being more of an ancillary piece a year ago to the cornerstone this season. With this success came a handful of new scholarship offers. Edwards took official visits to Saint Joseph's and George Mason. In addition to those visits, he also saw Saint Louis, Wisconsin, and Purdue. Scholarship offers poured in from SJU, George Mason, Duquesne, Evansville, Furman, Loyola, and more. In the end, Edwards went with the Hawks.

Lorenzo Edwards is a 6'7 lefty who can play both inside and out. I have heard his game compared favorably to that of Saint Bonaventure's Dion Wright. St. Joe's had tremendous success this year with stretch forwards Isaiah Miles and Papa Ndao. With them graduating, Phil Martelli and company identified Edwards as a player that could fill that type of role. He's physical and tough enough to mix it up inside at 6'7, but his bread and butter is his ability to shoot the ball from both the mid-range and from deep.

St. Joe's 2016 recruiting class now stands at four. A 6'7 stretch forward in Lorenzo Edwards, a 6'7 utility forward who will scrap inside in Gerald Blount, one of the Philadelphia area's best shooters in 6'7 wing Charles Brown, and a hyper-athletic slashing two-guard in 6'5 Nick Robinson. It's a class that provides shooting, athleticism, toughness, and defensive prowess. Is there a true star in the bunch a la a DeAndre Bembry or an Isaiah Miles? That remains to be seen. For now, it's about as good of a class as you could have hoped for, and one really bolstered by the two late signings out of the Windy City.

I have reached out to Frank LaScala, Lorenzo's high school coach at Lake Forest. The hope is to get him on the phone tomorrow to get a full, detailed write-up on the Hawks newest commit.

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