Mike Edwards named to Indiana Basketball Hall

Former Tennessee basketball star Mike Edwards (1971-73) was selected Tuesday to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. The Greenfield, Ind., native is one of 14 former Hoosier State prep stars to be inducted into the hall March 26, 2003, at ceremonies in Indianapolis.

Edwards averaged 32.5 points as a junior and 36.4 as a senior at Greenfield High School. At Tennessee, he was named 1972 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year when he averaged 19.4 points per game. A two-time first team All-SEC pick (1972 and 1973), Edwards led the Vols to the 1972 SEC Championship with a 19-6 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the league. He still ranks 16th on UT's career scoring list with 1,343 career points.

Edwards was known as the "Greenfield Gunner" during his playing days at Tennessee because of long-range shooting ability. Legendary Tennessee head coach Ray Mears said he offered Edwards a scholarship after seeing him shoot at a clinic in Indiana.

"I saw him at a clinic at New Castle, Ind., when he was going into his senior year at Greenfield, and offered him a scholarship at that time," said Mears. "I think he hit eight in a row from long-range. I hadn't seen him play before that.

"Most of his shots would have been three-pointers today. I don't know if he was the best shooter I ever had, but he was right up there with guys like Danny Schultz," continued Mears.

"He deserves it. It shows what kind of player he was for him to be so honored."


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