Kedar Edwards, a Brooklyn born kid who was raised in Crown Heights, came to LIU a year ago with big expectations for himself as a two-star recruit who was ranked 17th in the state of Florida during his senior year in high school. It was his chance to shine in his hometown.
Unfortunately, Edwards never played a game for the Blackbirds.
He was named academically ineligible during his freshman season because of some mixed up paperwork from his old Florida high school, West Oaks Academy. Even after he had that cleared, he didn’t drop two classes he thought he had dropped during his first semester and rather than get an W for the classes he was given F’s.
“It was always something. First my high school didn’t have their paperwork together and then I failed two classes where I didn’t get a withdrawal,” Edwards told Brooklyn Eagle Sports. “It got to the point where not only was it tough to make up for that to become eligible again, but even to graduate in four years seemed unlikely.
“I would love to have stayed at LIU, but unfortunately I couldn’t be there,” he continued. “Now I’m headed to State Fair Community College where I have a chance to start over and hopefully to win a championship.”
Edwards said that he choose State Fair, at least partially, because Kevin Punter, an ex-teammate and Bronx native, is on the team which will provide him some comfort as he adjusts to life in Missouri.
“I got in touch with the coaches there last year when I was academically ineligible and felt comfortable with them right away,” Edwards said. “Plus I have an old teammate who goes there now. I just felt like this was a great opportunity.”
Edwards said that the coach made him no promises when it comes to playing time, but he is more concerned with starting fresh than being in the starting rotation right away. That will come in time, he says.
“Right now my main focus is getting there, getting adjusted, and playing hard,” he said.