UTEP and Fresno Both Pursuing Grad Transfer Daryl Edwards
When Rodney Terry took over the UTEP men's basketball program last spring, he resisted signing any grad transfers. Instead, he loaded up on Division 1 transfers who would sit out a season. As he prepares for his second year in El Paso, that strategy might change. CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein tweeted out today that former LSU shooting guard Daryl Edwards is visiting UTEP.
Edwards originally committed to Nevada back in late February, but he was released by the school on April 9th, two days after Wolfpack head coach Eric Musselman left the school for Arkansas. "We are extremely excited to add a caliber of player like Daryl Edwards to our roster," Musselman said in a statement from February. "Daryl is a high-level shooter with a great basketball IQ." Edwards' senior season ended after just nine games due to season-ending foot surgery. LSU did not plan to have Edwards in the fold for the 2019-20 season, but he earned his medical redshirt after a successful appeal to the NCAA.
The Fresno native spent his first two seasons at Northwest Florida State College, the same junior college program that newly signed Miner Eric Villa played for last season. Coach Terry obviously has deep ties with Edwards from his high school days in Fresno. If he is able to bring him into the fold for the 2019-20 season, the Miners will have a veteran shooting guard to add to their already stacked backcourt. It would also give them another another experienced player to make a run in Conference USA play. Edwards shot 37-percent from three-point range as a junior for LSU and he averaged just under seven points per game with the Tigers.