Kevin Stallings and staff entertained two players last weekend. One of them was Rob Edwards, a talented 6-foot-4 inch, 200 pound guard, coming out of Cleveland State.
Edwards has become a hot commodity on the transfer market. The Detroit native averaged 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman team after his first season with the Vikings. Edwards opted to transfer after a recent coaching change at Cleveland State.
The Pitt coaching staff has placed a strong focus on Edwards and he has become a priority recruit. He would have to sit out one season prior but would have two years to play after transferring.
“The weekend was really nice. The facilities were much better than what we have at my school right now. The people are what stood out to me. Coach Stallings and staff showed me a lot of hospitality. The campus was big and beautiful. I just had a great time,” said Edwards.
“I believe the competition in the ACC would be better but I believe I’m more than capable. The coaches told me they can develop me into a premier player. Coach Stallings has put a lot of players in the NBA and he feels he can do the same with me. Pitt’s close to home as well. My family won’t have to drive too far to see me play.”
When asked about his strengths on the basketball court, Edwards was quite humble. He stated, “I don’t know if I want to tell you my strengths. I’ll just say that I love the game of basketball. I’m a basketball player.”
Stalling has a lot to offer a transfer player, perhaps the greatest being significant playing time in the top conference in the nation. That point wasn’t lost on Edwards. “Pitt is on top right now. Possibly the top school I’m looking at,” he said. “Arizona State, Texas and Missouri are in the mix as well. Pitt is a place where I can see myself going and succeeding. I know Pitt wants me badly. I do know that if you work hard and do what your coach wants you to do, you’ll be successful no matter where you are.”
“The coaches at Pitt have developed a lot of players and got them to the pros and overseas. Pitt is a really nice and a school I could choose. I feel like the coaches there won’t leave me hanging. They will stick with me and develop me.”
Edwards indicated that he will make a final decision sometime in May. He will visit Arizona State this weekend and Texas and Missouri are in the process of scheduling visit dates with him as well.
Harry G. Psaros can be found on twitter at @PittGuru