Men's Basketball Signs Kessler Edwards to NLI

Kessler Edwards
Nov. 16, 2017

MALIBU, California – The Pepperdine men’s basketball team will have a pair of Edwards on the roster next year as Kessler Edwards – younger brother of redshirt sophomore Kameron Edwards – recently signed a national letter-of-intent.

“Our staff is extremely excited to have Kessler join our basketball family,” Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. “Kessler brings great size, skill and versatility that will allow him to play and defend multiple positions. He comes from a great family and the fact that his big brother Kameron is here and has had a great experience means a lot that the family has that trust in our staff.”

Kessler Edwards is a 6-foot-7 forward who hails from Rancho Cucamonga, California. He attends Etiwanda High School and played club ball with Prodigy Elite. He is coming off an excellent junior season, as he was named to the Burlison on Basketball Southern California All-Junior second team (listing him as one of the top 10 juniors in the region), as well as the Daily Bulletin’s All-Area first team and the All-Baseline League first team.

ESPN gave him a rating of 75 and three stars.

Edwards averaged 17 points and nine rebounds as a junior, which included a season-high 30 points against Upland High. He helped Etiwanda to the semifinals of the 2017 Division 1AA CIF Southern Section Championships. He made the all-tournament team at the Inland Empire Classic.

“What impressed me most was the family atmosphere at Pepperdine,” Edwards said. “Obviously with my brother going there I had a lot of experience there. Even before I made my decision to go there, I was part of the family. And even if I went elsewhere, I would have still been a part of it, and so that was a big thing for me. I’d like to help get Pepperdine to the top of the WCC.

 

 

“I’m pretty versatile. I feel like I can score anywhere on the court, and I also like to rebound and play defense. I feel like I can help the team in those areas.”

As a sophomore, Edwards made the All-Baseline League second team after averaging 11 points. He also played varsity as a freshman, when older brother Kameron was a senior at Etiwanda. The duo will have two seasons to play together at Pepperdine.

Pepperdine returns to the court on Friday night when the Waves (1-1) host Northern Colorado (0-2) in Firestone Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on TheW.tv.

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