Look for my story on IPFW sophomore guard Joe Edwards in Friday's paper.
There was something about his offensive game that I loved last year, but he didn't play much. And that's what the story is about.
It deals with him having to sit much of the second half of the season after the late-December returns of Antwaun Boyd and Justin Jordan. Boyd was coming back from academic suspension, and Jordan had to sit out the first half of the season since he transferred from St. Louis.
There were too many guards and not enough minutes to go around.
But Edwards was the team's best player when IPFW went to Purdue and got blistered 81-56. Not only did he score a team-high (and career-best) 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting, but he was one of the few who looked as though he wanted to be on the floor.
To his credit, IPFW coach Tony Jasick says he wishes he would have played Edwards more last year, and I agree. But it was Jasick's first season, and he wanted to win, and Boyd was a senior who had the defensive capabilities to keep him on the floor.
Frank Gaines is again going to be a scoring machine this year for IPFW, but the Mastodons could surprise opponents if Edwards opens up his game and plays the way he performed in West Lafayette.