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National Christian graduate signs with New Mexico


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Published on: Thursday, May 16, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

National Christian Academy graduate Arthur Edwards has signed a national letter of intent to play college basketball at the University of New Mexico next season.

Edwards, who made an official visit to the New Mexico campus last month, said the Lobos program was a good fit for him.

“I just felt like I was home when I was there,” said Edwards. “The position was open for me to come in and play right away.”

The former National Christian student-athlete was also recruited by Seton Hall, St. Bonaventure and Marshall among others.

Edwards, a Temple Hills native, spent last season at Northwest Florida State College where he led the Raiders to a 30-4 record and an appearance in the NJCAA national championship game.

“Arthur brings us another student-athlete that is accustomed to winning, and he brings us a lot of versatility,” New Mexico head coach Craig Neal said. “He’s got a good feel for the game, and he played at a very high level in junior college. His style will fit very well with what we are trying to do here, he is a good student, and he understands and brings with him a winning culture.”

Edwards joins a New Mexico program that’s on the rise. The Lobos finished the 2012-2013 campaign 29-6 overall with a 13-3 record in the Mountain West Conference. New Mexico suffered a first round loss to Harvard in the NCAA Tournament.

Edwards, a 6-foot-7, 195-pound swingman, said he looks forward to playing Division I college basketball.

“It’s a blessing to be able to sign with a big-time program like that,” said Edwards, “and I can’t wait to get started.”

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