Edwards was the last player announced and received the loudest ovation of all. The loudest cheers might have come from the two-person UNLV section, located strategically behind the Warrior bench. J.K. started the game at power forward, alongside of 7-1 center Chris Alexander, and these two proved quite a tandem. Below are a list of notes and unofficial stats I took throughout the game…remember, these opinions are from seeing him play ONCE, so take that into consideration:
J.K. finished with 14 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the floor. He also had 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 fouls, 1 block, 2 steals, and 0 turnovers. 0 for 1 from the charity stripe.
First and foremost, Juan is terrific with this back to the basket, showing his patent spin move to either direction. He is big and strong, displaying that he is clearly the legitimate low post scorer that UNLV needs…he can also hit the jumper to about 12 feet out (he has good rotation on the ball).
J.K.'s rebounding total was lower than expected because the two 7-footers (7-1 Alexander and 7-0 Reo Logan) controlled the glass for Indian Hills most of the game.
He was active in the press, coming up with two steals, one for a breakaway bucket.
He sets good screens.
He is an unselfish player and a very good passer. Edwards would have totaled 7+ assists if his teammates could knock down the perimeter shot.
He ran the floor very well in this game, many times getting out in front of the smaller Marshalltown players.
His face (not his game) looks like Sylvester Dotson. But his body is wider and stronger than Dots, and Edwards has huge legs, all muscle. He is listed at 6-8 and that's pretty accurate though he may appear shorter at first because of his thick frame. He is at least 6-7.
The Indian Hills coach subbed players in and out more than any coach I can remember…at least 25 times in the first half alone, so there wasn't a lot of continuity or flow to the game. Juan was clearly the best player on the floor, yet he only played 27 minutes in regulation and 2 minutes in the overtime. All his fouls came late, so he didn't sit because of foul trouble.
Juan has very quick feet especially for his size, and gets off the floor just as quick. He jumped ball to start the game, instead of either 7-footer if that tells you anything.
The Good: Juan knows his role - to bang, score, and rebound in the post. He's a big fella, and used his body very well. He doesn't drift around the perimeter hoisting up 3's trying show off…he stays in the paint and isn't afraid of contact. He didn't put up as many shots as I would have liked, as he was often double and triple teamed. Of all the shots he took, I don't think he forced one. He finds the open man. Juan appears more fit to play the power forward spot than center, though next year you have to have he and Dalron on the floor together. We'll see.
The Bad: Not much really, he got a little lazy on D now and then, but when he PLAYS defense, he can defend well. The ball he swatted almost put a hole through the floor when a Marshalltown player tried a weak scoop shot. His conditioning probably needs to improve and will in Spoon's system.
Edwards signed with UNLV in the fall.
Look for a report on James Peters next week.