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Player Profile Series: Lorenzo Edwards

Lorenzo Edwards was one of two spring signings for Saint Joseph's last year. He, like fellow spring signee Nick Robinson, is from the Chicago area. Inside, we take a closer look at the 6'7 222-pound Lake Forest (IL) native, with insight from Hawk assistant coach Dave Duda.

Lorenzo Edwards committed to Phil Martelli and Saint Joseph's following an official visit to Hawk Hill in May.  The 6'7 inside-outside forward had drawn offers from fellow Atlantic 10 schools George Mason,  Duquesne, and Saint Louis, along with Evansville, Furman, Loyola, and Tennessee State.  

As a senior at Lake Forest (IL), he averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds, and roughly 3 blocks per game, garnering him First-Team All-State honors.  Lake Forest went 18-10 during his senior year, and his individual and team success resulted in the Atlantic 10 offers and the eventual commitment to St. Joe's

Prior to the start of the season, I spoke with Hawk assistant coach Dave Duda about the 2016-2017 Hawk team.  Duda spoke about how the loss of Pierfrancesco Oliva not only hurt the Hawks on the court in games, but his absence in practices was also detrimental to the team, and to Lorenzo Edwards in particular.  "He's feeling his way through the trail position at this time.  With the loss of Checco (Pierfrancesco Oliva), he has no true trail man to follow or learn from."

Through five games this season, Edwards' playing time has been limited to just four minutes, and those four minutes came in the Hawks' 20-point blowout win over Columbia.  Edwards' reputed strength coming into college was his ability to knock down perimeter shots, and that is something that, outside of Charlie Brown, this Hawk team has struggled with this season. Next year,  the Hawks should get Oliva back from injury and also add 6'9 shooting forward Taylor Funk and 6'9 big man Anthony Longpre, who can also stretch the defense.

This year would seem to be the time for Edwards to get acclimated to the college game and earn minutes.  That hasn't happened yet.  "He can make the stretch three, and we're hoping that he can get some minutes from that position as we progress through the season." 

Tomorrow, we will wrap up the Player Profile Series with freshman forward Gerald Blount.  The Hawks also start Big 5 week tomorrow night at 7 when they host Temple.  I'll have full coverage of that here as well.  

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