June 3, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – 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 on 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. He transferred to K-State on May 9 after playing two seasons at Maine for head coach Ted Woodward from 2011-13. 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, he 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.
This past season, Edwards averaged an America East-best 16.7 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting as a sophomore with 5.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 steals in 32.8 minutes per game. He became just the fifth sophomore in America East history to lead the league in scoring and the first since 2007-08. In addition to leading the league in scoring, he was also tops in steals and was in the Top 20 in six other categories. He was one of just two sophomores to make the All-America East Team, earning second team honors.
Edwards led the Black Bears in six categories in 2012-13 (scoring, field goals, field goals attempted, free throws, free throws attempted and steals), while he was second in assists and minutes and third in 3-pointers (27), rebounding and blocks (12). He scored in double figures in 26 of 29 games, including six 20-point games, to go with three double-doubles. He scored a career-high 30 points on 11-of-12 field goals against Northeastern on Nov. 28, 2012, while he had 29 points in the regular season finale at New Hampshire on March 3.
Edwards had one of the best freshman campaigns in Maine’s history in 2011-12, earning CollegeHoops.net America East Rookie of the Year honors and recognition to the All-America East Rookie Team by the league coaches. He averaged 13.9 points on 42.5 percent shooting with 5.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals in 31.2 minutes per game. He scored in double figures in 23 of 29 games, including five 20-point games, to go with two double-doubles. He was selected as the America East Rookie of the Week four times, including three consecutive weeks to start the season.
A 2011 graduate of Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute (CVI), Edwards was rated as the eighth-best prep player in Canada after scoring more than 3,400 points in his high school career. He led the school to five Lake Ontario Secondary Athletic Association championships and an Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association title. He averaged 20.4 points, 5.7 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game during his prep career.
Led by 2013 Big 12 Coach of the Year Bruce Weber, Kansas State enjoyed one of its best men’s basketball seasons in 2012-13, posting a 27-8 overall record and 14-4 mark in league play en route to its first-ever Big 12 regular season championship and a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The 27 wins were the second-most in school history, while the 14 in league play tied the school record held by the 1958-59 team. The league championship was the 18th in school history and the first since the 1976-77 season.
Season tickets for the 2013-14 season go on sale Monday, June 24 online at www.kstatesports.com or by calling the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221.CATS. Fans interested in being contacted with additional information when season tickets are available may join the season ticket waiting list by calling the ticket office before the on-sale date.
The Wildcats will return eight lettermen in 2013-14, including two starters, highlighted by All-Big 12 honorable mention honoree Shane Southwell. Edwards will be one of seven newcomers during the upcoming season.