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Arlington Bowie three-star guard enjoyed Texas Tech visit

Posted: June 20, 2017 - 5:02pm

The Class of 2018 is looking pretty good for the Texas Tech men’s basketball team.

After earning the commitment of Deshawn Corprew, a former top 100 prospect who will play one year at South Plains College, the Red Raiders have the potential of adding another dynamic scorer to their backcourt.

Arlington Bowie’s Kyler Edwards, who took an unofficial visit to Lubbock on Monday, said he was impressed with Texas Tech.

“It’s not as country like everyone says it is. I liked it,” Edwards said of Lubbock. “The town is really cool, and I also liked the campus and was able to get a good tour. I was really happy I went out and took a trip.”

Edwards, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound shooting guard who earned a scholarship offer from the Red Raiders back in April, is a dynamic player that likes to drive to the basket and draw fouls while making a majority of his attempts before getting to the free-throw line.

“I guess you could call me a scorer and a facilitator. But I’ll do whatever the team needs me to do,” Edwards said. “I’m hoping to get into the gym and get stronger, help my team get to the playoffs and make a deep run.”

After averaging 22.4 points, six rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest, Edwards garnered District 4-6A MVP honors and was selected to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram second team as a guard. Along with his stat line, the three-star prospect shot 82 percent from the free-throw line and was named to the TABC all-region squad.

According to 247Sports, Edwards holds 14 total offers and is ranked the 15th best prospect in the state of Texas. Some of the teams interested in his services include: Boise State, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, New Mexico and USC.

Edwards said he expects to visit Georgia, Georgia Tech and Clemson this weekend.

“Yeah, it’s a busy time for me. All schools are even in terms of interest,” said Edwards, who is being recruited by assistant Al Pinkins. “I want to take all of my visits and take my time. I want to a make a good decision.”

For now, Edwards plans to make a decision near August. He feels that will give him enough time to take all of his visits and take time to discuss the pros and cons with his family.

After the Texas Tech visit, Edwards said the Red Raiders definitely in the mix. He enjoyed the quick trip which included a chat with the coaching staff and tours of United SuperMarkets Arena and queries about the universities academics.

“Coach (Chris) Beard is a good coach and knows what he wants,” Edwards said. “He wants to win and has a really good team that’s looking to make noise.”

One of the reasons colleges covet Edwards is due to his ability to play as a big scoring guard — using his body to create space to the rim and finishing strong. He compliments that aggressive style with a solid jump shot to keep opponents close.

If he decides to pledge to the Red Raiders, Edwards would join Corprew as part of the 2018 Signing Class.

Corprew, who redshirted his freshman season at South Plains College, is expected to play one year with the Texans before joining the Red Raiders. He will have three years of eligibility.

“I want to make sure I make the right decision,” Edwards said. “But I like all of the coaches a (Texas) Tech.”

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