Monroe College Mustang sophomore guard Kingsley Edwards has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Central Florida, an NCAA Division I school that plays in the Atlantic Sun conference. "We are very excited about Edwards joining our basketball team,” said UCF coach, Kirk Spearow. “He is extremely talented and is an excellent fit for our system. He is going to be a great addition."
Edwards, a 6-0, 175 pound guard, was a team MVP for the Mustangs and an integral part of the Monroe team that finished with a 31-3 record, won the NJCAA Region XV and District 3 playoffs, and finished fifth in the National JUCO Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas in March.
“Kingsley embodies what Monroe basketball is all about,” said Mustang head coach Jeff Brustad. “He worked hard on and off the court and now he’s going to get to play basketball at the next level in some of the nation’s biggest arenas.” Edwards averaged 16.1 points and nearly four rebounds a game this year for Monroe. He led the Mustangs from long range, hitting just under 45 percent from behind the three-point line and was second in assists with five a game. Named to the all-tournament team, Edwards, averaged 18.2 points and 7.7 rebounds a game in the Mustangs’ four tournament games against the nation’s best.
A former prep star at Evander Childs HS and Laurinburg (NC) Prep, Edwards transferred to Monroe from Butler (KS) CC, where he averaged 12 points, 5 rebounds, and two assists as a freshman. Last summer he was the slam dunk champion at the Hoops in the Sun Basketball Tournament held at Orchard Beach, Bronx, NY.