Providence College guard and graduate transfer Drew Edwards has chosen to pursue his fifth year of eligibility at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Edwards will be eligible to play immediately next season for the 49ers in Conference USA. UNC Charlotte is in need of some immediate impact players after finishing last season in 13th place in the conference (5-13) and with an overall record of just 8-21.
Thank you Friartown for everything. This place as given me so much and I could not be more greatful for the opportunity. My next chapter I’ve decided to continue my basketball career and academic career at @unccharlotte ‼️ pic.twitter.com/e2JQxUmYBK
— Drewskidrew🤘🏽 (@DrewskiiDrewyou) May 9, 2019
The 49ers only had one player average double-figures in scoring last season on their roster, Jon Davis, who poured in 21.7 ppg. However, Davis was a Senior and also a guard, which would seemingly open up both minutes and shots for Edwards when he arrives in Charlotte.
Drew Edwards played 4 seasons at Providence but was granted a medical redshirt during his Sophomore season after his recovery from knee surgery was much slower than initially expected. Edwards played 104 games during his time at PC and averaged just over 10 mpg, scoring 2.5 ppg, and chipping in 1.4 rpg, 0.5 apg, and 0.5 spg. Those numbers may not jump out at you initially but with opportunity, I think Edwards can average close to double-figures with Charlotte next season.
Drew shot 85.7% from the line and 35% from three during last season, to go along with bringing very good defensive skills to the table. I particularly like Edwards’ play against the zone. He attacks the seams well, can hit threes, and is extremely effective when placed in the middle of the zone.
From gauging the reaction from the media, coaches, and teammates, Edwards was nothing but a complete class act while at Providence, both on the court and off. He finished up his career in Friartown with a degree in Business Management (just like yours truly) and will start his Masters at UNC Charlotte.
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First and Foremost I’d like to thank Providence College. I’m graduating with a degree in Business Management. After 4 years it has been a ride. I’ve met people and built relationships that I’m going to have for a lifetime. Basketball has taken me so far and this time it’s taking me in a new direction. I have officially committed to UNC CHARLOTTE for my 5th year and will start my Masters there. Thank you all for the memories that will last me a lifetime. I will forever be a friar !!
Just like every single other Friars fan, I will especially remember Drew Edwards for one play in particular.
Best of luck to Drew and as always…