- Last Updated on Friday, 03 August 2012 10:13
- Written by The Times Weekly
- Category: Sports News
University of St. Francis head men's basketball coach John Baines didn't have to go far for his first recruit to the Saints basketball program for 2012 signing Joliet West High School's senior guard Brian Edwards (Joliet, IL) who signed a letter of intent to attend USF and play for the Fighting Saints after a solid prep career with the Tigers.
Edwards, a 6-3 guard/forward, is coming off a season in which he earned Southwest Suburban Conference – Blue Division accolades. "Brian is a high-energy, high-character type of person," said Baines. "When I spoke to the high school coaches in his conference, they all had nothing but high praise for his work ethic and his skills as a solid teammate."
A three-year letter winner in the Joliet West program, Edwards served as a captain for this past year's 16-7 club. "Brian is a raw talent that we feel will only get better," continued Baines. "He is a tremendous athlete and plays extremely hard."
Edwards also competed in football and volleyball playing the latter sport for all four years and earning all-conference status last spring."Brian comes from a solid family, does well in the classroom and has been well coached at Joliet West," Baines added. "I couldn't be happier about adding him to our basketball family."
"His career at St. Francis will certainly be a bright one."
A member of the National English Honor Society, Edwards was named as Joliet West's student of the month last September and is on the high honor roll. He plans on majoring in radiology at St. Francis. The Saints went 15-16 this past year and advanced to the semifinal round of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament before falling to NAIA No. 4-ranked Robert Morris University, 84-82, on a last-second three-pointer.