Maine transfer picks KSU

By Joel Jellison

After visiting with Kansas State men’s basketball coaches Thursday, Maine transfer Justin Edwards decided to commit to the Wildcats on Saturday.

Edwards, a 6-foot-3 guard, was the leading scorer for Maine, averaging 16.7 point and 5.2 rebounds as a sophomore for the Black Bears. He finished the 2012-13 season as one of the top players in the America East Conference, and the Bears defeated NCAA tournament teams Albany and Florida Gulf Coast.

Edwards will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2014-15 season.

Considered to be on of the top transfers available this spring, Edwards will provide the Wildcats with another scoring option when he’s available to play after next season. Edwards says he decided to leave Maine so he could play the remainder of his college career against stronger competition.

Edwards was a second-team all-conference player last season, and was gaining interest from Iowa State, Saint Louis and Creighton before he made his decision on Saturday.

Coming out of high school, Edwards picked up interest from Missouri, Creighton and Fresno State before settling on Maine.

The Canadian-born guard will bring a combination of size, scoring and experience to a youthful Wildcat backcourt.

Senior guard Will Spradling is the only backcourt player remaining from a team that finished as co-Big 12 champions this season. Rodney McGruder and Martavious Irving both graduated, and Angel Rodriguez and Michael Orris transferred from the program in April.

The Cats have three freshmen coming in at the guard positions, including point guards Nigel Johnson and Jevon Thomas, and shooting guard Marcus Foster.

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