Recruiting: John Glenn's Mike Edwards a rising star
Westland – Mike Edwards has been one of the most improved players in the state, a reason Westland John Glenn has a shot at earning its first district title since 1994 when it plays host to Romulus Friday night.
Edwards, a 6-foot-10 senior, averaged 4 points and 4 rebounds a year ago, then put in a lot of hard work during the offseason to prepare for his senior year.
The hard work has paid off with Edwards being a dominant force inside, averaging 22 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks while shooting over 60 percent from the field.
"He only had one offer, from Akron, heading into his senior year, then received another one from Detroit in September," said John Glenn coach Rod Watts of Edwards. "We put in a lot of time with Mike and he's worked hard and learned to love the game instead of just like it. He found out it's a vehicle to get him to the next level and maybe one day get paid for playing."
Edwards, whose father by the same name played football for Michigan State in the late 1980s, has now received multiple offers, including some from SEC and Big Ten schools.
"Georgia's head coach (Mark Fox) watched him play Thursday (March 5), then sent his assistant to Monday's (Class A district opener) game and that's when they offered," Watts said. "Nebraska's assistant (Jim Molinari) was at Monday's game, too."
Edwards has offers from Georgia, Boston College, Eastern Michigan, Detroit, Cleveland State and Loyola-Marymount, and is being looked at by such schools as Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa, Arkansas, Butler, UTEP and SMU.
Edwards said he has put on weight, which has helped him bang away inside, going from 207 to 217 pounds and counting.
"I'm putting on weight and I feel stronger," said Edwards, who had 8 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks Wednesday in a 56-53 Class A district semifinal win over Wayne Memorial. "I've feel I've made my biggest improvement in finishing around the basket and defending in the paint. I still need to work on my favorite move, the hook shot."
Edwards will need to be at this best for John Glenn to top a 16-5 Romulus team led by 6-2 standout guard Jaylin Walker, who is averaging 24 points and 6 rebounds and headed for Kent State.
Edwards will be matched up against 6-7, 280-pound Rio Washington and will need to display his shot-blocking ability against Romulus junior point guard D'Angelo Hansbro, who can get to the basket.