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Deon J. Edwin gets full scholarship for Kent State University

- Former Legs & Bayside Blazers player ready to help Kent State reach Championship
Virgin Islands’ basketball talent Deon J. Edwin (left) and his team mates at Kent State University will have their work cut out to fulfill the expectation of the Mid American Conference office, who announced on Wednesday October 28, 2015 that the Golden Flashes will be a favourite to add another banner to their rafters. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO/File
Former Bayside Blazers player Deon J. Edwin, seen here being closed marked by former college player Houston E. Penn of Knights in the 2014 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League, is upbeat about making his mark with Kent State University, the same team his brother Jason A. Edwin once played for. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Former Bayside Blazers player Deon J. Edwin, seen here being closed marked by former college player Houston E. Penn of Knights in the 2014 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League, is upbeat about making his mark with Kent State University, the same team his brother Jason A. Edwin once played for. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
The former Legs, Bayside Blazers and Southern Mississippi player, Deon J. Edwin, was red shirted for Kent as they won their sixth Mid-American Conference regular season championship but will be using the knowledge gained to help propel the team to Championship number 7. Photo: Provided
The former Legs, Bayside Blazers and Southern Mississippi player, Deon J. Edwin, was red shirted for Kent as they won their sixth Mid-American Conference regular season championship but will be using the knowledge gained to help propel the team to Championship number 7. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands’ basketball talent Deon J. Edwin and his team mates at Kent State University will have their work cut out to fulfill the expectation of the Mid American Conference office, who announced on Wednesday October 28, 2015 that the Golden Flashes will be a favourite to add another banner to their rafters.

Edwin, the former Legs, Bayside Blazers and Southern Mississippi player, was red shirted for Kent as they won their sixth Mid-American Conference regular season championship but will be using the knowledge gained to help propel the team to Championship number 7.

“Spending last year red shirted help me understand the system and get my body where it needed to be. It also gave me time to build my confidence in my game,” commented Edwin in an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online.

Kent State received five first-place votes in addition to one vote to claim the 2016 MAC Tournament champion at Quicken Loans Arena in March. The Flashes' 116 points were just 16 behind MAC East favorite Akron. Ohio (69 points), Buffalo (64 points), Miami (60 points) and Bowling Green (42 points) rounded out the poll for the East.

Central Michigan is the unanimous favourite to win the West Division and received 15 votes as the favourite to win the MAC Tournament.

“Although we are contenders, we will be taking it one game at a time and then make sure we are ready for when that time arrives,” noted Edwin

Deon J. Edwin is not the first in his family to pull on the Kent State University jersey as brother Jason A. Edwin, who also coached his younger sibling whilst a member of Bayside Blazers and before, was a standout performer for the team back in the early 2000’s, including a couple of MAC Player of the Week’s, Honourable Mentions and a hot shooting ability that once saw him go five for five (against Creighton), one of only three Golden Flashes to ever do so.

No pressure

“It’s no pressure knowing my brother was here,” said Edwin, who is combining basketball with his educational studies. “They have photos of [Jason], a book full of his achievements and other stuff, but it’s no added pressure for me.”

Meanwhile, Jason is extremely proud of his brother, not only for on the court but also in his achievement for obtaining a full scholarship to attend Kent State.

“He is attending college, doing what he wants and what makes it even more special is that he’s attending my alma mater. His maturity and discipline speak a lot to how far he has come through basketball and life.”

Kent State Coach Rob Senderoff, who tied the Kent State record for postseason wins during his team's run to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), enters his fifth season leading the Golden Flashes. Four letter winners, including three starters, will return to the court from last year's team that went 23-12.

Deon J. Edwin will be tipping off his season on November 14, 2015 when the Golden Flashes face Youngstown State University in a special Coaches versus Cancer event.

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