Edwards staying grounded in the midst of attention

It was a breakout spring for 2015 East Chicago Central point guard Hyron Edwards.

Among the accolades collected by Edwards included MVP honors at the adidas Exclusive VIP Run in Las Vegas, an invitation to participate in adidas Nations and a top 15 ranking nationally in his class by ESPN.com.

While all three feats impress, something else about Edwards has caught the eye of East Chicago Central coach Abe Brown: his humility.

“He does everything he’s supposed to do. I think the attention that’s coming to him is well deserved due to the fact that he does put in the time to get that kind of attention,” Brown told Inside the Hall at the USSFA Shootout in Indianapolis. “He’s very humble. His father and mother keep him very humble. He’s got great parents that are always talking to him, making sure he understands to do what is right.”

The USSFA Shootout was an opportunity for the East Chicago staff to get a close look at the rapid progression of its star player since the conclusion of the high school season.

Two areas of improvement stood out in particular according to Brown.

“He’s getting a lot better in every area, especially his defense,” Brown said. “We’ve been on him about picking up the defensive end and that’s really going to carry him over the top of how great of a player he can be in high school if he continues to work hard on his defense. And his court vision has gotten better. He can see the court real well in the open court.”

The attention will only intensify as Edwards plays in front of college coaches with Indiana Elite for 15 days over three evaluation periods in July.

Indiana and Purdue have already offered scholarships and Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Xavier are just some of the schools actively recruiting him.

Brown said two things that college coaches love about Edwards aren’t necessarily traits you can teach.

“One coach told me that what sticks out, and I’ll always remember this, is that he always looks like he’s having fun out there,” he said. “Coaches want a kid that always look like he’s having fun and always trying to work hard to help himself and his teammates.He blends in well with his teammates. We think he overpasses the ball because he’s always looking out for his teammates.”

  • HoosierDawg

    Sounds like a real HOOSIER to me! Good luck this summer.

  • Miamihoosier

    This is one of those guys I will not look forward to playing against if he doesn’t choose IU. Historically, we have not had the best luck recruiting the East Chicago/Gary area, but I hope that changes with Hyron. He is going to be a really tough guard at the D1 level. I still say 2015 seems like 2055 at this point though. This summer is already dragging on, and the Olympics haven’t even started yet. According to CTC, it sounds like Jordan Hulls is growing his hair out ala Steve Nash, and hitting every jumper in sight. Right now, (just right now) if I’m coaching either Cream or Crimson for scrimmage, I’m taking Jordy over Yogi for my PG. Hulls has the respect of the entire team, is probably it’s hardest worker, and will be a HUGE reason for Yogi’s success this year.

  • marcusgresham

    It’ll be a good change-up, whichever way it goes. You’ll have to close out on Hulls or he’ll kill you. Then you do the same with Yogi and he’s by you in the lane.

    I’m getting an Isiah Thomas feel from Edwards, and the part about having fun on the court just adds to that. He sure can outjump Zeke, though.

  • marcusgresham

    It’ll be a good change-up, whichever way it goes. You’ll have to close out on Hulls or he’ll kill you. Then you do the same with Yogi and he’s by you in the lane.

    I’m getting an Isiah Thomas feel from Edwards, and the part about having fun on the court just adds to that. He sure can outjump Zeke, though.

  • HoosierTrav

    this kid is an absolute beast!

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I think East Chicago feels somewhat disconnected from IU, and maybe that contributes to our bad luck recruiting the area. Hopefully that changes with Edwards because he is a blur on the court, can jump out of the gym, and might grow an inch or two.

  • steelhoosier

    Not sure I.U. has recruited this area recently. Etwaun Moore was from E.C. Central went to Purdue. That same time Robbie Hummel from Valpo to Purdue. Next year Michigan will have 3 kids from Duneland athletic conference on roster, McGary, Robinson, and Albrecht same conference as Zach Novak. Go I.U.

  • steelhoosier

    Not sure I.U. has recruited this area recently. Etwaun Moore was from E.C. Central went to Purdue. That same time Robbie Hummel from Valpo to Purdue. Next year Michigan will have 3 kids from Duneland athletic conference on roster, McGary, Robinson, and Albrecht same conference as Zach Novak. Go I.U.

  • Pritch24

    I think it’s great in retrospect to see how now we’re saying “Man Hyron and Jalen Coleman in a back court would be incredbile.” And back a few years ago we were saying “Man what if Yogi, Cody, Jeremy, and Hanner were all together at IU at the same time. Now that would be special.” And now it’s happening. Amazing how far we’ve come, and I’m so excited for this season. It seems as though the ball just keeps rolling as we’ve extended offers to some of the best talent in the country and IU is back in the list of everyone of the top players. It’s amazing what CTC has done in making it cool for the best in the state to stay home in Indiana in just this short time. I get goosebumps thinking about Yogi and Ron and Hanner and Jeremy and Peter being introduced before Hoosier Hysteria. These season will be special, but what it means is even more special. IU is back in the forefront of college basketball, and it feels great. I can’t wait to welcome home some banners in the near future.

  • SCHoosier

    Would love to see him grow a couple more inches w/better defense. He’s got the game.

  • MillaRed

    I enjoy these updates to see who is out there and so forth. But honestly, we are in such good hands with recruiting it just doesn’t stress me out any more. They are lining up to come here and every day it seems the average ranking goes up another notch.

    Just keep doing what you are doing Coach. I am a believer.

  • MillaRed

    I think it is very possible that Yogi and Jordy both start right away if not by mid-season. I know his size is a defensive issue, but we are officially talking about one of the best shooters in the country with Yogi and VO creating space for him? It’s heavenly.

    Will again off the bench. But as a legit 6th man of the year candidate.

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    HAHAHA me too. Dont get me wrong……there are good players out there and some are better than others, but we are at the point now where we can go after the top 75 guys (mostly top 50) and not worry because you know some are going to jump on board. You dont have to throw an offer at a Hartman or Jurkin and cross your fingers they develop enough to contribute. Ojeleye comes to mind as an example there. Guys like Vonleh, and Pinson, and Jones in ’14. We are loaded up just needing one more stud so we can be patient. Patience almost always pays in recruiting.

  • marcusgresham

    Delray Brooks is the last IU player I remember from there, and that didn’t end so well.

  • IHATEUK

    True. there is a solid base of talent built up. the 2014 and 15 classes could be huge. sorry if I disliked your post. phone is acting up.

  • IHATEUK

    True. there is a solid base of talent built up. the 2014 and 15 classes could be huge. sorry if I disliked your post. phone is acting up.

  • IHATEUK

    People talkw about the disadvantage of yogi and hulls together…what aboutthe match up problems they would cause?

  • http://www.critiqueme.com/ CritiqueMe

    Thanks for the update.

  • http://www.critiqueme.com/ CritiqueMe

    Thanks for the update.

  • steelhoosier

    Matt Nover

  • steelhoosier

    Matt Nover

  • Geoff_85

    Not to mention with the strong defensive presences on the court (a more seasoned Oladipo, Jurkin, a more seasoned Zeller, Perea, ETC.) in other areas they’ll be able to compensate for those guys getting beat much better than the guys we had last year trying to compensate for Hulls and Jones III defensive deficiencies.

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