Q & A: 2015 East Chicago Central guard Hyron Edwards

The upcoming spring evaluation period should lend additional insight into the prospects the Indiana staff is interested in, but one 2015 point guard with established Hoosier interest is East Chicago Central’s Hyron Edwards.

Edwards, who is playing for Mark Adams and Indiana Elite Team Indiana this spring and summer, was among the visitors last October at Hoosier Hysteria and has also visited Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue.

The 5-foot-10 sophomore-to-be averaged 14 points and eight assists per game in his first high school season and talked to Inside the Hall about his recruitment thus far at the IndyBall.com Shootout in Indianapolis:

(Update: Indiana has extended a scholarship offer to Edwards.)

How did your freshman season at East Chicago Central go?

“It went well, we started off strong. With me at point guard, I had to distribute the ball, to my teammates and to all the shooters, but it went well.

What was the experience like playing big varsity minutes as a freshman?

“The experience was tremendous, because I had to work every game and every practice because everyone was bigger than me and stronger than me, so I just hit the weights everyday. It was tremendous, though. I like playing and the competition.”

What was the toughest matchup of the high school season for you?

“The toughest one was Lake Central and Glenn Robinson (knocked out East Chicago Central in sectional).”

What schools have been recruiting you?

“Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Xavier and Northwestern.”

Who have you been in touch with from IU?

“(Assistant) Coach (Tim) Buckley.”

How would you describe your game?

“I would describe myself as a true point guard, I play both sides of the floor, offense and defense and I like to help my team get better all-around.”

What’s something you would like to see yourself improve on over the summer?

“My strength, going to the hole more and my shot.”

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Can anyone tell me when the first 2014 rankings came out last year? I really wanna know when they’ll first rank these 2015 kids.

  • Miamihoosier

    Thank you guys for putting these together. Recruiting is the only thing to be interested in until the fall. It’s a loooong summer, but you fellas make it go by a little easier.     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Fischer/691470077 Steve Fischer

    Miami -let me offer one clarification.  Recruiting is the only thing to be interested in — until the next Hoosier Hysteria and basketball season. Unless you’re a masochist and into whippings you can’t be referring to football ,.. can you?

    On a journalistic note why is Purdue Xavier and Northwestern allowed in the same sentence ( “Which schools are recruiting you?”) with Indiana ? Do they still have basketball programs?

  • Maxbailey

    get some highlights please! couldn’t find any on youtube. 

  • Maxbailey

    get some highlights please! couldn’t find any on youtube. 

  • 888

    I think something important about recruiting this kid is hes from the “Region”. If were gonna go to the next level in recruiting i beleive it starts there. Northwest Indiana and Chicago should be our stomping grounds because were the top 5 program that geographically is the closest. There is a top 5 player there every year. Only major city thats better than Indy as far as talent. If we can lockup Indiana and Chicago were gonna be unstoppable. I mean UCLA in the 60s and 70s. that good. So i beleive Cliff Alexander and kids like this are important to start getting and for them to have instant success. Would like to see CTC start really hitting that area hard and even if we lose out for a while eventually well start getting them. Jabari Parker will end up at DUKE but we got to start trying now in Chicago. I think well get Cliff if Jaquan commits here soon. Hell want to be a part of that class. Our 2014 class will be better than any class than even Calipari has put together and thats saying something. With Illinois being a mess its gonna be betwwen us and MSU. I think well start hearing more on Cliff this summer about which schoolo he likes. He said he really liked IU before we had this success so we gotta be high on his list.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    So we already offered this guy… Is he gonna be as quick and as talented as Yogi? Cause he’s gonnave to be when he’s only 5’10, and that’s probably exaggerated. Some of these early offers scare me. Players change a lot, and great players can emerge late, like Glenn Robinson. We missed out there. I’m fine with it when it’s a Trey or Cody type of player, but I don’t think that’s what this guy is.

  • IUeconAlum

    Buckley is a workhorse. I hope they give that guy a raise.

  • Mr_Howard8h

     I’m guessing you’re his wife.

  • rhit87

    My youngest brother, who is not a basketball fan, sat next to Buckley on a plane a couple of years ago and said he was one of the greatest guys he’s ever met.

  • SCHoosier

    We have to assume TC knows what he’s doing with these offers. I would remind everybody that in his first year oach was asked to describe his perfect point guard..Crean said..Sombebody about 6/3-6/5 who can drive//dish..shoot the outside shot..rebound and defend the other team’s point effectively. Not the exact words..but you get the idea.
    tc had a lot of luck with a 5-11 point guard at Marquette…but./….Yogi is a different animal. Not sure about this kid.

  • Dmamel

    I saw Hyron Edwards play at the Gary sectional. I was not aware of Edwards before that and was very impressed with him, as were other guys who I talked to. He is quick and aggressive, and like he described himself, is no doubt a “true point guard.” Although just a freshman, he was unquestionably the best player for East Chicago. I watched another EC player from his freshman year who I thought would be an excellent college player. Too bad we didn’t get him at IU because he was everything and ‘Moore’ I thought he would be. Of course I am referring to Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore. From what I saw from Hyron he is right on with what he needs to do this summer to make himself better. If he does eventually decide to attend IU I most certainly will watch his progress.

  • ew0553

     I haven’t seen any highlights of this kid, but you have to remember he is only a freshman in high school.  Being 5’10” as a freshman pg is good size.  Yogi was only about 5’8″ when he was a freshman.  Lets hope that if he does commit to IU in the future, that he grows 4-5 inches.

  • Kelin Blab

     Love the offer. East Chicago is a really strong program in the region. Any kid that wants to be known for playing both ends of the court is alright with me.

  • coach cousins

    I’m from East Chicago and graduated from IU. The first time I watched Hyron play he was in the third grade dominating fourth and fifth graders. My cousins is an assistant coach for Central and raves about the kid work ethic and potential. Most will agree that he will be better than E’twaun Moore was when he came out of high school. CTC is probably think yogi 2.0

  • coach cousins

    Auto correct…gets me every time…

  • HoosierDadE

    I’m sure it has to do with the same high school but I thought E’twaun too. Even though he went to PUke, he was a 4 year warrior. I sure wouldn’t mind an IU version of that.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I’ve heard Lyle isn’t really a sure thing. I’ve also heard IU has dropped on Alexander’s list. That being said, I agree with you

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    An offer to a 2015 prospect? Holy…

    Man, Crean’s staff really hits the recruiting trail hard, don’t they? Wow. Three years down the line and he’s already been offered. That’s some serious future planning there. 

    As a funny note: That reminds me of Season on the Brink and the mention of Knight and his staff evaluating Damon Bailey. :)

  • 323SGrant

    When I was at IU, one of my good friends was from East Chicago Washington, before Central was built. Hope to see some of that good EC b’ball talent at IU.

  • marcusgresham

    The most impressive name on that list to me (other than IU, obviously,) 
     is Northwestern, because that indicates that he’s a pretty smart kid.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t know anything about him, but a 14-15 year old freshman averaging 8 assists a game is impressive.

  • http://twitter.com/redandyz Andy Z.

    Funny you should mention the book  Season on the Brink – I was talking the other day to my wife about how it would be neat for Feinstein to go back and do another season… just for a perspective on the differences between the Knight program and the Crean program.  Does anyone know if Hutch has released his book yet?  I’ll go check..

  • FreeAgentID

    Come to the Hoosiers Hyron!

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