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Against Belmont University, Rob Edwards prepares to drive toward the hoop.

March 29, 2016

Edwards named to All-Freshman basketball team

Cleveland State University student Rob Edwards has been named a member of the Horizon League All-Freshman basketball team.

The process includes a vote being held among League coaches, select media and sports information directors. Edwards, a freshman majoring in sports management, is a guard for the Cleveland State team.

According to Cleveland State Athletics game statistics, Edwards leads the team and is ranked 16th in the league in scoring, with an average of 12 points per game.

Edwards has also started 29 games this year — which is the second most for a freshman in Cleveland State history. According to ESPN Sports, Edwards also touts four 20-point games this season, with a career high of 26 in a game against the University of Detroit Mercy on Jan. 4.

Coming to the university from Cass Technical High School, a university prep school, Edwards said it all started with football when he was younger.

“My parents put me into a lot of sports when I was younger, but I especially liked football,” Edwards said. “I played it a lot because it was easier for me. But when I found basketball, it was a challenge. When I got older, I realized that if I played basketball, I could put in the work and make it into what I wanted to do.”

The challenge of the sport is what continued to drive Edwards to where he is in the present, especially now playing for Cleveland State.

“When I first got here, I didn’t expect to play so much, and when I started playing a lot, I became a starter,” Edwards said. “Once I got there, I found myself thinking I had expectations to fill and I had to do what I had to do in order to win. Playing helped push me out of my shell.”

As for the future, Edwards hopes to play for his home NBA team, the Detroit Pistons. But putting his future college experience in perspective, he wants to continue to get recognition for his work.

“I really hope that everything that’s been accomplished this year is doubled in the next,” Edwards said. “Getting this award just puts it in perspective. Now that I’ve won this award, next year I’ll just have to win two.”


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