April 17, 2013
Albuquerque, N.M. --- University of New Mexico head basketball coach Craig Neal has announced that Arthur Edwards, a 6-7, 195 pound guard/forward from Temple Hills, Maryland who played at Northwest Florida State College, has signed a National Letter of Intent and will play for the Lobos in 2013-14. Edwards will be a sophomore next season with three years of eligibility.
Edwards played one year with the Raiders, starting 26 of 33 contests for the 30-4 NWFSC squad that lost in the NJCAA national championship game in Hutchinson, Kansas to the College of Central Florida 74-69. He averaged 6.4 points and 3.2 rebounds for a team that has now sent five of its players to the Division I ranks. He shot .462 from the field (67-145) and .400 from the three-point line (30-75). He was named Second Team All-Panhandle.
Edwards also added 45 steals on the season with 30 assists, and he averaged 13.2 minutes per game. His scoring average per 40 minutes would equate to 19.4 points per game. At the NJCAA National Tournament, playing five games in six days, he averaged 8.8 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game, shooting 18-of-32 from the field (.562) hitting five triples over the course of the tournament.
"Arthur brings us another student-athlete that is accustomed to winning, and he brings us a lot of versatility," said head coach Craig Neal. "He's got a good feel for the game, and he played at a very high level in junior college. His style will fit very well with what we are trying to do here, he is a good student, and he understands and brings with him a winning culture."
Neal added, "He played for a very good coach in Steve Forbes whom I really respect."
Edwards sat out the 2011-12 season after graduating from National Christian Academy where his team went 25-5 during his senior year, ranking 12th in the state of Maryland. His coach at Northwest Florida Steve Forbes was formerly an assistant coach at Tennessee.