Tucker alum finds new home after stellar season

Tucker High School alum Terrence Edwards Jr. won the Sun Belt Conference’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Year award for a dominate season at James Madison University, before committing to play his final season of NCAA men’s college basketball at University of Louisville.

Edwards played in and started all 31 games during the 2023-24 season for James Madison and led the Sun Belt Conference with 17.6 points per game. He also averaged 18.1 points per game during league play. Edwards pulled in 4.3 rebounds per game and dished out 3.3 assists per game while shooting a single-season, career-high 81.9 percent from the free-throw line this past season. He also shot 43 percent from the field and 34 percent from three.

The elite season from Edwards parlayed into a strong season for the Dukes of James Madison, earning the school its first Associated Press Top 25 ranking, which James Madison rode as far as No. 18 in the country. The Dukes also got the school’s highest NCAA Tournament seed since 1983 and won the school’s first NCAA Tournament game since 2013 with Edwards leading the team.

Edwards won three Sun Belt Player of the Week awards, including one after his 24-point performance in the season-opening win at No. 4 Michigan State.

Edwards will take his talent and his big-frame guard abilities to Louisville for his final season of college basketball. Like Edwards, Louisville will also be entering a new era under new head coach Pat Kelsey.

Despite a five-year NCAA Tournament drought, Louisville is one of only 15 college basketball programs to have multiple NCAA Tournament National Championships. The school would be tied for eighth all time in national titles—with three—if its 2013 title hadn’t been vacated.

Edwards will play at Louisville for Kelsey, who had successful coaching stints at Winthrop University and College of Charleston before being hired at the Atlantic Coastal Conference powerhouse Louisville.

The Tucker alum had similar success when he was playing in DeKalb.

During his senior season at Tucker, Edwards led the county in scoring and was second in points per game with an average of 21 points in each contest. He was also top 25 in rebounding, No. 2 in two-point field goal percentage, and top 15 in three-point field goal percentage.

Edwards helped Tucker to a 26-4 record and to a 16-0 region record and region championship during the 2019-20 season.

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