GU commit Ryan Edwards no longer an unknown


by KREM 2 Sports

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 9:27 PM

Ryan Edwards caught Gonzaga fans off guard when news of his commitment to the Bulldogs hit the news cycle.

"Nobody really heard of me because I'm from Montana and I don't play any AAU ball," Edwards said.

It wasn't until the end of his breakout junior season that college coaches outside of his home state of Montana really started taking notice.

"We've had lots of different coaches calling asking about Ryan," said Mark Harkins, Edwards' head coach at Glacier High School in Kalispell, MT.

That list included Gonzaga. After a visit in late June the soft-spoken seven foot 300 lb center gave his word to the Bulldog coaching staff. Edwards describes the school - which is just over a four hour drive from home - as a great fit.

What will certainly be impressive is the front line the Bulldogs could boast once the Glacier star arrives in 2013, with seven footers Kelly Olynyk and Przemek Karnowski both on campus this coming season.

"We're gonna be really good down low, for sure," Edwards said.

Harkins says Ryan has a long way to go to reach his potential, but there's no denying the foundation in place.

"He's got great hands, he catches the ball really well," Harkins said. "He's light on his feet. It's funny to say for a seven foot, 300 pound kid, but he's light on his feet."

Edwards plans on getting even lighter in the next year, and he will do so with a few more eyes watching him. In a visit to Liberty Lake last week for a team camp he got recognized as the big man headed to Spokane.

"They said, 'are you gonna play for Gonzaga' and I said yeah," Edwards said. "It was a good feeling."