Fresno State Basketball

With big holes to fill, Fresno State men’s basketball team lands a former Fresno High star

Fresno’s Daryl Edwards celebrates after the Warriors beat Roosevelt for the boys Division III Central Section championship at Selland Arena Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Fresno’s Daryl Edwards celebrates after the Warriors beat Roosevelt for the boys Division III Central Section championship at Selland Arena Saturday, March 8, 2014. THE FRESNO BEE

Fresno State has a lot of basketball offense to replace after losing Deshon Taylor and Braxton Huggins, who accounted for 42.2 percent of its shots and 43.9 percent of its points in a 23-9 season that ended in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

But it landed a key piece for next season with the addition of former Fresno High star Daryl Edwards as a graduate transfer from LSU.

“He’s exactly what we need,” coach Justin Hutson said. “He’s an experienced, mature guard who can do a little bit of everything. He’s an explosive scorer – I think he had a game where he had 60 in high school or something. But he can also facilitate and he has a very high IQ – he’s a mature basketball player, which will really help us.

“As a local product, we’re all happy for him to be coming home. That was a big part of his decision – he likes Fresno so much.”

The Bulldogs next season have guards Noah Blackwell and New Williams returning, will have Oregon State transfer Jordan Campbell eligible at mid-year and incoming freshmen Jarred Hyder and Anthony Holland along with Edwards.

Edwards played in nine games last season for LSU before suffering a season-ending leg injury, averaging 4.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game. He already has received a medical hardship waiver to play next season.

As a senior at Fresno High, he set school single-season records for 3-pointers (76) and points (796) while finishing among state leaders with a 24.9 scoring average. He scored 25 points with six rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 62-61 win over top-seeded Roosevelt as Fresno captured the Central Section Division III title, the school’s first in 34 years.

He played two seasons (2015-17) at Northwest Florida State, a community college, before transferring to LSU.

“We have some good pieces, we just needed another guard or two,” Hutson said. “Daryl gives us a little more depth. He’s a mature guy. He’s what we need. He brings some toughness that we’re accustomed to.”

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