By Matt Nestor
Prep Sports Reporter
Former Rockton Hononegah Indians girls’ basketball star Brea Edwards has wrapped up a successful junior college career at Central Arizona College and has signed a Division I basketball scholarship to continue playing at Florida State University.
“I go with my gut feeling a lot, and I really liked the vibe down there,” Edwards said about her choice. “And when I went on my visit, I did not find one thing wrong there.”
Florida State is a perennial NCAA tournament team in the women’s game and plays in one of the top conferences in the country in the ACC.
At Florida State, Seminoles coach Sue Semrau will be looking for Edwards to provide a dynamic scoring option on the wing that they have not had in the past.
“They want me to do the same thing I have been doing my whole life,” Edwards said. “They said they don’t have anyone who can score on the wing and has the drive that I do.”
Edwards was one of the top scorers in all of women’s basketball last year. She led all junior college players in scoring while earning All-American and All-Conference honors for her team.
Central Arizona ended up losing in the NJCAA championship game, finishing No. 2 in the country in the final rankings.
Edwards said her time at Central Arizona was a big factor in the move she is making now, helping her improve in the classroom as well as on the court.
“Classes are smaller, and there is not as many students,” she said. “So, it made me get my grades in line. We were the No. 2 junior college in the nation, so I was still playing basketball with the best of the best.”
She also said it was tough to admit at the time, but she may not have been as ready for a move like this coming out of high school as she is now.
“Division I is a whole different level, so I knew I had to get quicker and stronger,” Edwards said. “I knew what I had to do, I knew I wanted to be an All-American, and I worked my butt off.”
In the end, her long trip from Rockton to Arizona, as well as her dynamic play at Central Arizona, have given her a chance to shine on the highest level.
“They weren’t one of the first schools to look at me,” Edwards said of Florida State. “But after a while, every week, I was talking to all of the coaches. They said I’m the missing piece to their puzzle.”
From the June 19-25, 2013, issue