Former Etiwanda High School basketball standout Kameron Edwards of Pepperdine will be going to Italy with a group of players from Athletes in Action.
The 6-foot-6 forward is coming off a stellar freshman campaign in which he earned All West Coast Conference Freshman honors. He averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds, starting 28 of 32 games.
In the classroom, he achieved West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll “bronze” honors and was a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and bonding with the guys in beautiful Italy,” Edwards said. “I know that we’ll be doing a lot of traveling and sight-seeing with workouts and four games. Coach (Marty) Wilson first gave me a call about it in May, and it still feels surreal. I’m excited that this will happen. I think it’s a good opportunity to play against some good competition, work with new people and expand my game.”
The team will gather at Mercer University on Aug. 9 for training camp and leave three days later, returning Aug. 20.
The squad is currently scheduled to play four games, two against Italian teams and the others against teams from Lithuania and Kosovo. They will visit the Italian cities of Milan, Venice and Como.
The team is coached by Mercer’s Bob Hoffman and includes 10 student-athletes, nine of which play at the Division I level.
Athletes in Action’s aim is to spread the Christian message through sport. In addition to giving team members a memorable basketball and cultural opportunity, they’ll also have the chance to spread their faith.
The Etiwanda boys basketball team has been among the state’s elite under the direction of Dave Kleckner.
The Eagles struggled a little earlier this year, likely because they were working through some growing pains after graduating their go-to player the previous few years in Jordan McLaughlin.
A scarey thought for future foes – the Eagles are clicking on all cylinders now.
The lost to both Damien and Chino Hills the first time through Baseline League play. They crushed both the second. They may have been dethroned by Damien but they have shown they’re stilla force to be reckoned with.
Senior Kameron Edwards, who has signed with Pepperdine, is leading the charge and has emerged as that go-to player. Then there’s the consistent contribution of another senior Delewis Johnson.
The Eagles (19-7, 7-2) also have some solid role players and they’re pretty deep.
They’re not a foe anyone is going to want to see in the playoffs.
Here’s what the players had to say after a convincing win over Chino Hills Tuesday night.
Etiwanda High School basketball standout Kameron Edwards has committed to Pepperdine.
Edwards was a first-team Baseline League and All-Inland Valley selection as a junior, helping the Eagles to the Open Division semifinals where they lost in double overtime to national No. 1 Mater Dei. He was also a second-team All-CIF selection.
Edwards, a 6-foot-5 forward, averaged 13,6 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds in his first year as a varsity starter. His sophomore season was limited because of a broken ankle.
Edwards also made an official visit to Santa Clara with unofficial trips to University of San Diego, UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton.
“The scenery is just beautiful,” Edwards said. “I really enjoyed the people I met and I like the direction the program is headed.”
Edwards also welcomed the chance to get the decision made so he can focus on his senior year. He is also close to his family and preferred to stay close enough they can come see him play.
“I want to be able to just worry about practice and games and not all the other stuff,” he said.
With the departure of Jordan McLaughlin (to USC), Edwards his expected to have an even more prominent role for the Eagles this season.
Edwards plans to major in something in the business field.