Can Kyler Edwards Really Reach His High Potential In Houston?
Kyler Edwards announced his move to the Transfer Portal after former men’s basketball head coach Chris Beard made his decision to leave Texas Tech for the University of Texas. Then, when Mark Adams was promoted to Head Coach, Edwards announced on Twitter that he would stay at Texas Tech using the hashtag #RRFL, or Red Raider for Life.
Days later, Edwards deleted the tweet and Texas Tech Basketball released a statement from Mark Adams thanking him for his time at school and saying the talented junior would indeed remain in the transfer portal.
Just days after all of this, Edwards walked out of the mysterious portal with a new hashtag. This time #forthecity. With that, Kyler Edwards is on his way to Houston.
Kyler Edwards’ time at Texas Tech will always be marred by the missed delay against Arkansas and Waffles this offseason between the transfer portal and the squad. Even before that, Edwards was a point of contention among Red Raider fans who always expected more from him after a solid freshman role on the squad that ultimately failed at the national championship.
When fans were expecting a big jump from Edwards in sophomore, it just didn’t materialize. The team struggled and Edwards’ confidence seemed intermittent. Sometimes an aggressive player would show up in his uniform, and other times a shy player would wear his number 0 jersey. His three-point percentage also dropped in sophomore with his volume increased.
As a junior, Edwards played a similar role to the previous season and still isn’t expected to be the primary option with the addition of Mac McClung and the emergence of Terrence Shannon. But fans still wanted Edwards to become a consistent threat and be this guy. His three-point percentage certainly improved, but Edwards’ killer instinct was still hit or miss.
As president of the Kyler Edwards fan club, I would like to mention that Edwards has never been bad; he just had giant expectations that were never fully met. To be fair, the program also fell short of expectations in its second and third seasons.
What Kyler Edwards did in the third year has become a much more efficient player. He scored the same score per game on fewer shots overall, while playing fewer minutes. His offensive efficiency skyrocketed and his defensive acumen remained the same.
None of this translated into improved scores, which is what most fans are focusing on.
I think Houston is a very good choice for Kyler Edwards stylistically, and he could finally thrive on that level. It can also wear the Jordan branding instead of Curry Flow 8. But that doesn’t matter.
Edwards’ news comes a day after Micah Peavy joined the TCU Horned Frogs.