Edwards recruitment has Big Ten feel

050713cvxA little more than a year after receiving his first scholarship offer from Indiana, the recruitment of 2015 East Chicago Central point guard Hyron Edwards is centered around five Big Ten schools.

And that’s fine by Edwards, who said on Friday at the 2013 Hensley Memorial Spiece Run-N-Slam Classic that he can see himself playing in the conference that was the nation’s best last season.

The Indiana staff has continued to keep a close eye on Edwards as they watched him in both April evaluation periods — first in Dallas at the adidas Exclusive Run and then in Indianapolis at the adidas Spring Classic.

“I talk to Coach (Tom) Crean a lot. He just tells me to keep playing hard and keep fighting,” Edwards said. “It’s a great fan base and a great school. Coach Crean is a great coach.”

The other four Big Ten schools in the mix — Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue — also seem to be serious about Edwards.

The Illini and Boilermakers have offered and the Wolverines, who won’t offer class of 2015 prospects until June 15, seem to be heading in that direction. He said he hopes to work in an unofficial visit to Bloomington when in town for the adidas May Classic and will be in Ann Arbor on June 1 for Michigan’s elite camp.

“(Assistant) coach (LaVall) Jordan has been talking to me about it,” he said of a potential scholarship offer from Michigan. “If I do get the offer, that would be pretty great.”

Edwards is again suiting up for the Mark Adams-coached Indiana Elite 2015 this spring and summer. After struggling a bit early on as it incorporated another lead guard in Jalen Coleman, the group flashed its true potential over the weekend as it won the 16-and-under gold bracket at Spiece.

The role Edwards takes on for Indiana Elite is much different than with his high school team at East Chicago.

“High school, I don’t really have a lot of threats on my team,” he said. “I have to go get it myself and do everything. On the AAU circuit, I have a pretty great team. I try to get my teammates the greatest shots possible.”

This past season, the 5-foot-11, 155-pound Edwards had a chance to experience the Indiana-Purdue rivalry up close as he was a guest of the Boilermakers in Mackey Arena on Jan. 30 when they were routed by the Hoosiers, 97-60. Edwards also visited Bloomington for Hoosier Hysteria last October.

“I like both of them. The rivalry is crazy,” Edwards said. “It’s pretty fun watching them go at it.”

Edwards doesn’t have a timetable for when he’ll make a decision, but it’s clear that Indiana has made a favorable impression on him to this point. When asked if he could see himself playing at Indiana, his answer was simple.

“I think so.”

  • marcusgresham

    So, while attending the IU/Purdue game did young Hyron think to himself, “I’d love to be a part of this,” or “Damn! I could start for these clowns right now!”?

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

    Lots of lead guards out there for 2015. Crawford & Lovett right up there with Hyron & Coleman. Dont necessarily see any of them making a decision until at least after AAU next year.

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

    I dont know man…..Burke sure got his against Syracuse in that game and he’s small. Plus you cant not recruit a small guard because you might play Syracuse again down the road. That is silly. If Zeller would have shot the ball like McGary did instead of trying to drive it every time because he didnt trust his jumper then the Hoosiers would have been just fine. The high post man should have been making the plays in that game. Personally I think the zone makes your guards less important…….the bigs have to be able to shoot and pass.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Wonder how many of his HS teammates will read this? Classy statement…

  • http://twitter.com/drewlyon__ Drew Lyon

    If it’s true, it’s true. Many AAU players have to carry their teams in the high school season. JB Jr. said the same thing the other day.

  • vali36

    As a general rule, I agree. Guys at 6″1 or less are almost always a defensive liability; though Caleb made some excellent points about the bigs in cuse game.

  • vali36

    I agree Caleb, but a steady diet of guards under 6″ will be exposed by lots of teams; special talent like Isiah or Nate Archibald notwithstanding.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1141251683 Corey Dunigan

    Exactly Caleb…you don’t break a zone by standing standing still above the arch dribbling or hoping for foul calls when the defensive plays help D after a drive. You gotta drive left pass right; dribble right pass left or pass the ball to someone who can hit a jumper from the elbow or drive and finish. We did neither vs Cuse. Unprepared or bad execution. If it is bad execution you would think that means your riding the bench or at least your hearing something like, “do you understand what we are looking to do here”? I just hope they were prepared the right way; that’s all I’m sayin’. We looked confused vs. Cuse. Grateful for the year though, just confused by its end.

  • ScoopGeoff

    I’m sure it’s true… I just wouldn’t ever say it out loud… He still has to go hang with the guys he just basically said sucked for a couple more years. I’m sure there are a couple upper-classmen that didn’t like reading that.

    It’s one thing to know it. It’s another thing to put it out in the press.

  • http://twitter.com/XLevelOnline J.T. @ XLevel

    Rondo, Robinson, Hill, Curry, Nash, Stockton… these are just a handful of guards that are 6’3″ or shorter and are HOFers or have shown they can play at an extremely high level in the NBA. This kid still is likely 15 or 16 and has growing left to do. You don’t design a team to beat a single team. (unless you’re Purdue) I think people give height too much weight sometimes, but I’m 5’2″ so maybe I’m biased. ;)

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