2016 point guard high on SMU

2016 Humble Atascocita and Houston Hoops point guard Carsen Edwards talked about his SMU offer at the Nike EYBL.

2016 Humble (Tex.) Atascocita point guard Carsen Edwards has stepped up big time in his first time on the Nike EYBL circuit and holds an SMU offer and he’s high on the Mustangs.

“It’s a blessing. It definitely motivates me to keep working hard and just that I’m seen by a coach like that and continue to work,” Edwards said.

SMU’s Tim Jankovich has been recruiting Edwards and he appreciates Jankovich’s honesty with him.

“He’s real cool. I like him and talk to him a lot. I’m real close with him and he’s very honest. I like to talk with him about SMU,” the Houston Hoops guard said.

Edwards hasn’t talked with SMU head coach Larry Brown, but when he gets that chance, he’s excited to.

Edwards has done his research on SMU and although he hasn’t visited, Edwards likes what he’s seeing so far.

“I know as a school the education is real high and I watched them during the year so they have a good team and had a good team this past year, but just had a tough loss in the tournament,” the 5-11 guard said.

SMU point guard Nic Moore impressed Edwards this year and how he plays a complete game.

“I like their style of play and the guard, Nic Moore, they had this past year. The way he played and able to score, get others involved and play defense well and having a great coach, I like that,” Edwards said.

SMU making the NCAA Tournament stands out to him as well.

“That’s very important because I also want to experience something like that because that’s a big deal,” Edwards said. “I like to watch those games so I would like to be in one too.”

Baylor, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Rice, Houston and Tulsa have offered Edwards and he says Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt, plus SMU have been showing the most interest. Purdue is also showing interest.

“Not really. I really like SMU, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt,” Edwards said. “Just somewhere I can go in and I want to be able to play — not give it to me, but earn it. Get a good education and learn a lot.”

Scout director of basketball recruiting Evan Daniels got Edwards’ thoughts on Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.

“With Virginia Tech, I just like coach Buzz,” Edwards told Daniels. “I like the players he has and the players he’s recruited and have played for them.”

“I just like the SEC,” Edwards said about Vanderbilt. “It’s a tough conference. I like their coach. I know a few players there. I know Samir [Sehic] that is going there and Jeff Roberson that is there.”

Edwards is planning to visit SMU sometime this summer.

This weekend in Houston, Edwards scored 68 points in four games and made 13 of his 27 three-point attempts. Against the Las Vegas prospects, Edwards started off a little shaky, but got hot from beyond the arc, but Houston Hoops ended up dropping the game 88-84 with Edwards sitting a lot in the late portion of the game.

“Just shooting more consistent and be able to be more of a point guard to get others involved,” Edwards talked about what he’s working on. “I need to be more aggressive on the defensive end.”

Edwards displayed a solid ability to find the open man cutting to the basket and has a great connection with De’Aaron Fox. Like Moore though, Edwards displays the ability to be a pesky defender and does a great job getting a hand in a shooter’s face – not just getting a hand up.

Whatever college lands Edwards, they’ll be landing a great teammate, but also one of the top sleeper guards in the country.

“Just a good person first off. I’m a good teammate and I can also play, I’m aggressive, I can score both on and off the ball, I play defense and I’m a leader.”

Daniels talked about what Edwards does well on the court.

“Edwards has a solid, stocky build. For the Hoops he plays both on and off the ball and his scoring output is needed. He shoots it well from three, is a tough driver and also competes on the opposite end.”

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