Michigan Basketball: What 4-Star Recruit Vince Edwards Would Bring to U-M

Zach DirlamSenior Analyst IIDecember 19, 2012

Head coach John Beilein could be recruiting the second coming of Glenn Robinson III in Vince Edwards.
Head coach John Beilein could be recruiting the second coming of Glenn Robinson III in Vince Edwards.Mike Stobe/Getty Images

The biggest reason for the recent uprising of the Michigan Wolverines' basketball program is the influx of talent flocking to Ann Arbor, and 4-star small forward Vince Edwards (Franklin, Ohio) would continue the trend by bringing a potent combination of ball skills and athleticism to the Maize and Blue.

Edwards is already dominating opponents at Middletown High School. The 6'6", 200-pounder is currently averaging 19 points and roughly 15 rebounds per game, which does not even tell the whole story about Edwards' skill set.

The class of 2014 prospect is an outstanding ball-handler and passer, which complements his scoring and rebounding abilities, and, when you combine all of those tangibles with Edwards' size, it adds up to a mismatch waiting to happen.

"We run a lot of offense through him," Middletown head coach Josh Andrews told Chris Balas of TheWolverine.com. "He's a multi-faceted player, and that's why he's such a highly regarded recruit."

The Wolverines are looking at Edwards as a wing player, and his arsenal of abilities look similar to that of Michigan's current freshman small forward Glenn Robinson III, who is pouring in 11.3 points and pulling down just over six rebounds per contest.

"Coach (John) Beilein explained I could play on the wing. There are times they'll use all guards and a big man with guards my size at the two and three," Edwards told Balas in October. "I could play a lot on the wing and create some mismatches." 

Although Michigan fans should enjoy what they're currently seeing from Robinson, they need to prepare for the day when the St. John, Indiana, native opts to declare for the NBA draft after his sophomore or junior year, if he continues to excel in head coach John Beilein's system.

Enter Vince Edwards.

The No. 66 overall junior prospect, according to Rivals.com, says he is interested in Michigan and the Purdue Boilermakers, and should have a visit to Ann Arbor set up "soon."

Edwards does not have a scholarship offer from the Wolverines right now, but all of that is likely to change once he finally checks out the Crisler Center this winter.

As far as a decision goes, Edwards is looking at a timetable of "a month, maybe a couple of months," and he wants to wait until he takes a trip to Michigan before announcing where he will play college basketball.

In other recruiting news, 4-star small forward Trevon Bluiett (Indianapolis, Indiana) also has the Wolverines high on his list of schools, and will attend one of Michigan's Big Ten conference games in either January or February. 

Michigan is competing against the Butler Bulldogs, Florida Gators, Illinois Fighting Illini, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Purdue Boilermakers for Bluiett.

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