Boys basketball: EC’s Hyron Edwards getting offers from IU, Purdue and Illinois
By Brian Peloza Post-Tribune correspondent December 26, 2012 11:36PM
East Chicago Central's Hyron Edwards grabs a rebound during their game held at East Chicago Central High School in East Chicago on Friday January 20, 2012. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 28, 2013 3:59PM
East Chicago sophomore Hyron Edwards won’t be making an immediate decision on his college future.
It appears a lack of options, though, isn’t going to be a problem.
Edwards recently made a visit to Michigan State, and while no specific date is set, he has intentions of visiting Michigan.
Indiana, Illinois and Purdue have already made scholarship offers.
“I talk to those guys on the phone all of the time and when we have open gym, and they have an opportunity to come in, they do that,” East Chicago coach Abe Brown said.
Indiana coach Tom Crean, Ball State coach Billy Taylor, Purdue assistant Jack Owens, and Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan were among the many coaches who attended East Chicago’s recent game against Broad Ripple in the IPSAC vs. Midwest Basketball Showcase in Indianapolis.
Rivals.com has Edwards ranked as a four-star prospect (out of five stars), while ESPN.com thinks even higher of the Cardinal, ranking him as the 10th best player in the Class of 2015.
“Edwards is a tremendous point guard prospect for the next level,” says the ESPN scouting report. “He has an accelerating burst in transition and his vision/passing are already at a high level. He possesses that highly coveted second gear to separate from defenders off the dribble and his handle is tight.”
While getting the attention typically held for dominating players, Brown wants to see Edwards play that way on a game-to-game basis.
“We want him taking over a game,” Brown said. “Becoming more of a vocal leader, more aggressive, not only with his play, but with his leadership in being dominant on the floor.”
After a standout freshman season, Brown said it can be easy to lose perspective.
“With him we have to realize he still is just a sophomore,” Brown said. “Once he gets that killer instinct and is able to take over a game all the time, that’s what we’re really looking for and I think it’s coming.”
Case in point: The contrast of East Chicago’s overtime win at South Bend Clay, and the Cardinals’ loss to Broad Ripple. Edwards scored a team-high 15 points against Broad Ripple, but went a stretch of 26 minutes without a field goal, only scoring from the field in the first and last three minutes of the game.
Against South Bend Clay, Edwards erupted for 31 points.
“When our other guards were struggling with foul trouble he really took over the (South Bend Clay) game,” Brown said. “We really need more games like that.”
Edwards has connected with former East Chicago and Purdue standout E’Twaun Moore, now playing in the NBA for the Orlando Magic. The two have worked out in the summer and talk somewhat frequently.
“We’ve talked about school and basketball,” Edwards said. “He just said go where it best fits me.”
The best fit for Edwards consists of what most players look for in a school, saying he wants to find good coaches and teammates, and he would prefer an up-tempo style.
“I want a great school that I can study at so if I don’t play basketball in the long run I can get a good job and own my own business down the road,” Edwards added.
His trip to Michigan State was pretty run of the mill, as he toured basketball facilities and campus, visiting with coach Tom Izzo and Spartans sophomore Branden Dawson, a Lew Wallace grad.