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Edwards to train with Canadian national team

By The Mercury

Incoming junior transfer Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario/Anderson CVI/University of Maine) has been selected to compete with the Canadian National Men’s Basketball Team, which begins training camp in Portland, Ore., this week for various summer competitions.

A transfer from the University of Maine, Edwards was one of 16 players to earn a spot for training camp, which gets underway at the Bo Jackson Fitness Center at Nike World Headquarters in Portland.

The squad, which will be led by current Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach and former Toronto Raptors’ head coach Jay Triano, includes a number of NCAA players, including Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim, Baylor’s Brady Heslip, Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos, Stanford’s Dwight Powell and Kentucky’s Kyle Wiltjer.

Following training camp, the 16 players will play in an exhibition series in China before preparations begin for the World University Games in Kazan, Russia July 6-17.  The Games, also known as FISU Summer Universiade, are the largest international sporting event outside of the Olympic Games.

A 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard from Whitby, Ontario, Edwards will have two years of eligibility at K-State after he sits out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Edwards transferred to K-State on May 9 after playing two seasons at Maine. He saw action in 58 of 60 games in his career with 56 starts, totaling 887 points, 312 rebounds, 196 assists and 96 steals.

In his two-year career, Edwards averaged 15.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting with 5.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals in 32.0 minutes per game.

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