Posted by Corey Pegram

 The more information DunkDog.com gathers on class of 2015 recruit Drew Edwards, the more exciting his future appears. Still, Edwards remains somewhat of a lesser known recruit to date.

First consider that Edwards’ twin sister is being recruited at the high-major level, and his older brother was a lock NCAA Division I recruit before being told he couldn’t play basketball anymore. His dad is 6-foot-6, and his mom stands 5-foot-8.

After watching him play, the lack of attention becomes even more difficult to understand, but part of the reason may be due to his style. Part of it may be his allegiance to an non-sponsored travel program.

Regardless of the reason, Edwards is a ‘secret’ that won’t last much longer.

Word is slowly but surely starting to leak out of the DMV area about the 6-foot-3 guard. Edwards currently attends Calvert Hall in Baltimore, Maryland and has been a key cog on the same Maryland 3-D Basketball Club team since he was in the fourth grade. An impressive feat in itself, Edwards’ loyalty becomes even more impressive when considering the various overtures he has turned down from opposing programs.

While the Maryland 3-D Basketball Club is a very well-respected organization and is gaining traction in the area, it remains a non-sponsored program at this time, and doesn’t provide the same amount of ‘fame’ that some of the other higher-profile travel programs offer.

Rarely does a high school basketball player in today’s game reject an opportunity for maximum exposure and attention. In Edwards’ case, however, it was the opposite. And according to Maryland 3-D representative and coach Dave Thurston, Edwards’ decision was a reflection of what his parents have raised him to be.

He chose loyalty over attention and his grounded approach is beginning to pay off.

Clemson, Dayton, and Virginia Tech have all offered, and Kansas State is on the verge. Arizona head coach Sean Miller is keeping tabs on Edwards, and a North Carolina assistant watched him workout earlier in the month of September.

According to Coach Thurston, following the North Carolina visit, he received a text from Edwards.

“Thank you for everything. I’m where I’m at right now because of what you have done.”

While humble and appreciative, the recruiting process is nothing new to the Edwards family, as all three children are blessed with basketball genes and natural ability. Edwards’ twin sister, Danielle, has made a serious name for herself in the women’s game and is entertaining a list of suitors including Louisville, Maryland, and Notre Dame, among others.

While Drew wins the one-on-one encounters, he still acknowledges his sister’s talents.

 “She’s never beaten me one-on-one, but she’s really good. She’s heard from all of them. She gets letters every day. From the top of women’s basketball all the way down to the low-collegiate level.”

Playing against his older brother, however, was once a different story.

The eldest child in the Edwards family, Darryle Edwards, was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy during his sophomore year of high school. Also known as HCM, it’s a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged, and sadly has claimed the lives of many young athletes who went undiagnosed.

For Darryle Edwards, while expected to lead a normal life, his dream of becoming a Division I was over before it truly began.

This realization was almost equally difficult for a young Drew Edwards, who grew up idolizing his older brother. Thurston said he remembers asking Drew who his favorite player was growing up. Drew’s response was always the same, never Kobe, LeBron, or Melo, but just ‘Darryle’.

Darryle surely remains a role model but is now forced to act it out in a different way.

 “I’ve always looked up to [my brother]. He was an amazing player. He’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played against. I know I still couldn’t beat my brother to this day. But now, he’s [our] number one fan; for me and my sister. He just didn’t let anything stop him. He ended up graduating Calvert Hall with a 4.2 GPA.”

That’s very high praise considering opponents have been hard-pressed to find a way to stop Drew for years.

His attraction as a player, however, is showcased most in a team setting, and the centerpiece of his game lies in his IQ and instincts.

Edwards simply knows how to play and it shows on both ends. As a point guard, he dictates pace, finds teammates, and makes good decisions as both a scorer and facilitator. As a wing-guard, he’ll make a lot of shots, and do so efficiently.

His versatility is rare, and his style, unique. Edwards game is simply unforced, and he has the ability to play in an up-tempo game, while maintaining a controlled feel. He’s the effective-type that doesn’t need to make highlight plays in order to be noticed.

The main question becomes what position will Edwards play at the next level? Currently he’s being recruited at three different spots; point guard, shooting guard, and combo guard depending on the college program you ask.

Does it matter to him?

 

“I like playing the [two] because I love to shoot the ball. But if a team needs me to play the one, I have no problem being that.”

In the end, Edwards’ size could also come into play as he may not be done growing but ultimately, college coaches will have the luxury of choosing what at position to use. And that makes him an extremely valuable prospect.

Clearly, the list of positives with Drew Edwards is very long, and he’s likely to transform from an under-the-radar high school junior to a coveted high school senior within the next year.

Which schools battle it out for him remain to be seen, but it should come as no surprise that Coach Thurston claims loyalty will be taken into consideration.

That aspect will likely remain a constant, but there is one answer that has changed.

Now, Edwards does list a favorite NBA player. James Harden.

“To me, he’s underrated, and I like that about him.”

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