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Kent State's men's basketball team has reportedly addressed its glaring need for immediate help on the perimeter.
Deon Edwin, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, who starred at Laramie County Community College in Wyoming last season, has agreed to join the Golden Flashes program and will be eligible to play in 2014-15.
A formal announcement by the university's athletic department is expected on Wednesday.
Edwin averaged 21.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and three assists per game last winter for a Laramie County CC squad that finished 18-13. He shot 53.5 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from 3-point range and 69.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Edwin started his collegiate career at Southern Mississippi in 2012-13. He saw action in 30 games and averaged 1.5 points and 1.5 assists for a Golden Eagles team squad that earned 27 wins.
The Edwin name may sound familiar to loyal Flashes' fans, as his older brother Jason was a two-year starter at KSU from 2003-05. He led the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game as a senior.
The Edwins are from the British Virgin Islands, and Deon starred at Red Lion Christian Academy in Delaware during his prep career. He was named Third Team All-State, and was the fifth-ranked player in the state of Delaware as a senior.
Edwin is expected to play a huge role on next year's Kent State squad.
Three guards who were eligible to return next year -- K.K. Simmons, Devin Carter and Tyler Scott -- will transfer after the school year ends, leaving the Flashes with just four guards currently on the roster.
Kent State still has one scholarship available for next year.
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I understand we have lost six players from last years' roster, but what did we lose from a standpoint of contribution!! Hardly much at all. This is addition by subtraction, quite frankly. Edwin sounds like he could be a good fit, but we'll have to wait and see. Just because we lost those players from the roster, does not necessarily mean we lost much talent. GO FLASHES!!
These three are lost potential, at best. K.K. had some good minutes throughout the year but also had some lapses. Carter and Scott didn't play much. Kent will now be solid on the perimeter with Manley, Brewer, Jackson, Thomas and, now, Edwin. The bigs will be the question mark with the loss of Goodson and Henninger. If Ortiz, Lawrence, and Spicer show improvement similar to Henninger's in the past 12 months, should be in good shape. On the defensive side, the 7'4" Vedder needs to stop the driving layups from the opponent's 5'11" guard and need to see bodies on the floor for loose balls. Anyone who has watched Kent State basketball for the past 5 - 10 years has had to of noticed the defensive intensity fading away. With the Elite 8 team, there were times when there were as many as 4 bodies on the floor after a loose ball. It's to a point now where you may see 1 body on the floor 4 times in a game. Need to get that back.
Those three departed plus Melvin Tabb combined with Goodson and Henninger leaves a gapping hole in the roster. KSU fans could be in for another long season