Jason Edwin suiting up for Kent State’s
After spending a year at South Eastern Community College in Illinois concentrating
on improving his academics, former St. Louis University Billikens forward Jason
Edwin who was declared academically ineligible during the 2001-02 season, has signed
a letter of intent to play with Kent State for the 2003-04 season.
“I’ve learnt so much about just being a man in this world,” Edwin said of his time
away from collegiate basketball. “I also learnt that you have to work hard for
everything in life because nothing would be handed to you on a plate.”
Along with hitting the books, Edwin kept in shape by playing at a local YMCA. At the
time he was declared ineligible, Edwin was the Billikens’ second leading scorer
during the 2001-02 season. He averaged 9.2 points per game while starting 18 of 31
games. In his two-year career, he averaged 7.2 ppg in 53 games including 29 starting
“Kent State was the only school that really understood my situation and what I going
to do to turn around,” Edwin a 6’6” 220 forward said. “Kent State has been
successful for the past five years now and it just seems like a good place for the
next two years I have to play ball. They want me to come in and be the go to guy, so
I can’t ask for more than that right now.” Besides Kent State, Creighton, Idaho,
Murray State and some junior colleges showed interest in him. Edwin will spend the summer in class and getting to know his new teammates. He says
he’s bringing experience and somebody who is hungry from the Billikens to Kent
State. “I’ve been out of basketball for a while now,” Edwin said. “I’m looking at
this as a second chance to rewrite the script the way I wanted it to be.”
Kent State Golden Flashers who plays in the Mid America Conference, finished the
2002-03 season at 21-10, their fifth consecutive 20-win season. They were seeking
their third successive MAC Conference Tournament title, but lost 77-67 to Central
Michigan. They also lost 71-66 to the College of Charleston in the opening round of
the NIT Tournament.
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