After sitting out his second year as a Wave due to injury, Kameron Edwards is now fully recovered. He remains determined and more motivated to get better so he can lead the team to a successful season in 2017-18. He talks about what his recovery process was like, how it feels to be back on the court and his anticipation for the upcoming season.
Q: You are coming off a tough season, can you talk about what you went through last year?
A: Last year was really tough, not only due to being injured, but also seeing what our team went through as a whole. It was really hard to watch the team struggle, especially knowing I was part of the reason why and knowing there was nothing I could do about it.
Q: What was your initial reaction when you fractured your jaw?
A: When I first fractured my jaw I was really frustrated because I had just recently recovered from a concussion. I also wasn't sure how it would affect our season at the time but overall it was a frustrating experience.
Q: What was the rehabilitation process like?
A: The rehabilitation process was very slow. For six to seven weeks I couldn't eat any solid food or do any physical activity. But when I finally returned to the court I jumped back into things pretty quickly and felt great. I had only lost a few pounds from the broken jaw so lifting again was fine along with everything else.
Q: Was it mentally difficult to stay positive about recovering from such an incident?
A: It wasn't very difficult. I had the mindset that I was going to come back even better than I was before and I feel that's exactly what is happening. I was able to watch a lot of basketball in my time off and I think it really helped me see the game from a different view. More than anything I've been looking forward to next season and knowing it's going to be a good one.
Q: How long did it take before you felt comfortable being back out on the court?
A: After being able to work out again it only took about a week and a half for me to feel comfortable on the court.
Q: How does it feel to be back out there with your teammates?
A: It's a feeling that I really took for granted before the injury. My teammates are like brothers so being able to grind with them every day is a special feeling that I never want to take for granted again.
Q: Do you have personal goals that you hope to achieve for this upcoming season?
A: My biggest personal goal is to be more of a leader for this team. We have a lot of new guys coming in and this will be my third year here so it's partly my job to be a voice and example that the team can follow.
Q: What can fans expect this season?
A: Fans can expect a very athletic team that is going to play hard and compete every time we are on the floor. We will definitely be a top three team in the WCC again and will be pushing to win a conference championship. They can also expect to see some new faces on the team that will be the next generation of Pepperdine greats.
Q: What are your plans for the summer both on and off the court?
A: My plans for the summer include getting to know the freshmen and other new guys and working out with them. I also plan on going home a lot and spending time with friends and family.
Q: What are your summer workouts like?
A: Summer workouts have been pretty intense. Our 6 a.m. conditioning has included us running on the soccer field and running timed miles. We lift three days a week and those have been going well. Also our practices have very productive and competitive.
Q: What are you most excited about for your junior year?
A: I'm most excited to have friends back from abroad and for them to be able to come to games and see our new team. After two years of being at Pepperdine I feel like I know the ropes pretty well so I want to start enjoying the time I have left here with my friends and teammates and be less stressed since I am adjusted to college by now.