CENTRAL POINT — Crater senior wing Kiefer Edwards has announced that he will sign to play men’s basketball at Southern Oregon University in a 4 p.m. ceremony Monday in the Crater gym lobby.
The 6-foot-6 standout led the Class 5A level in rebounding at 11.6 per game and was second in scoring at 20.5 points per game this past season in leading the 25-3 Comets to a fifth-place trophy at the 5A state tournament. He shot 63 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range, finishing his career at Crater with 1,467 points and 672 rebounds.
Edwards is a 5A player of the year candidate and in line for first-team all-state recognition when the list is released statewide. He was a first-team all-tournament pick after leading the 5A tourney in points (22.0) and rebounds (14.3) per game to go with an average of 1.7 blocks.
Edwards said he had been keeping close ties with the SOU men’s basketball program throughout the season and felt the time was right to make his decision to play for Raiders head coach Brian McDermott.
“I really like the coaching staff and I know some people already on the team,” said Edwards of his decision. “It’s local and my coach (Chris Schmerbach) is from there and he really loved it, and it just felt like the right fit for me. I’ve been really leaning toward SOU for a while and I finally just decided to commit and just pull the trigger.”
Edwards called the move “relieving.”
“It’s really a lot of stress off my shoulders,” he said. “I’m just excited to be able to move on from here.”
In Edwards, the Raiders get a versatile inside-outside threat that should fit well in McDermott’s system. With a young roster, SOU went 20-12 this past season and came up short in the semifinals of the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament. The Raiders are set to return all but senior leaders Ben DeSaulnier and Kenny Meyer for the 2018-19 campaign.
“I’ve been following the program this last season and I really like what I see,” said Edwards. “I’m excited to get on the court with them and see what I can do for them. They’ve got a strong team, they’re going to be — I mean we’re going to be — pretty good next year.”
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