June 15, 2024

Playing for Pat Kelsey at Louisville was a no-brainer for transfer Terrence Edwards

As Pat Kelsey spoke at his introductory press conference it became clear that Louisville’s new head coach had the energy and commitment needed for such a high-profile gig. So, it should be expected that the athletes he recruits for his first UofL roster will carry similar qualities.

Terrence Edwards, who committed to Louisville on April 3, certainly fits that billing. The transfer from James Madison has used an inner energy to fuel his impressive improvement each season with the Dukes, capping his four years with the program as Sun Belt Player of the Year.

The new UofL coaching staff made Edwards an immediate priority and the opportunity to play for Kelsey at a tradition-rich program was something that Edwards wouldn’t pass on.

“When coach PK got the job – since he got the job, those guys instantly reached out to me,” Edwards told Cardinal Authority. “And, Coach PK is a great dude, man, he’s a like a guy you can look up to actually be like a father figure. And I also used to play against Coach PK in the (Colonial Athletic) when I was here at James Madison two years ago (before the program left for the Sun Belt).”

As Edwards began his research into Kelsey, a few moments proved to lock in his eventual decision.

Edwards turned to a former College of Charleston player that transferred to James Madison for insight on Kelsey.

“I asked him about coaching him and stuff like that…and I didn’t ask nothing about basketball, just about like life stuff, you know, and he gave me great reviews and yeah, it was a no-brainer.”

A relationship quickly formed with new UofL assistant Thomas Carr and the visit experience also help cement his commitment.

“Coach Carr, he reached out to me and he recruited me hard and my family,” Edwards said. “He made us feel like they have a good plan for me to get to the NBA next year. So, when I took the visit, they set up there, it is unmatched. It’s beautiful up there. I’ve never seen nothing like it and for coach PK to be the head coach up there, it made it a no-brainer that I was going to Louisville.”

The energy that Kelsey displays in his many public appearances is another perfect match for Edwards.

“I’m just an energy player,” Edwards said. “I feed off energy, I make energy…me and his energy together, combined, is going to be unmatched.”

The anticipation for the first year of the Kelsey tenure is quickly growing as the roster is formed and Edwards is looking to forward being part of restoring the program and the excitement once found in the KFC Yum! Center.

“I think that fan base deserves to be back where they’ve been when I was a kid,” Edwards said. “Growing up, always watching Louisville, they always been in the tournament, always been in the Final Fours and winning national championships and stuff like that. People like me don’t take that for granted. I take that as a blessing. It’s most definitely a blessing for me and I’m not going to take that for granted.

“I can tell you now, it’s not gonna be the Louisville that we’ve been seeing for the last couple of years. I can promise that. I just know this for a fact. I’ve never been a loser. The (coaches) have never been a loser. And the guys that we’re bringing in, never been losers. And, if they was losing at their last school, then we’re gonna turn to winners. That’s what we do. At least that’s what I do. I like to get other people better and I can’t wait to get to Louisville and actually play with high-level players. It’s gonna be great. I think I’m gonna get 10 times better once I get to play with high-level players and I think it’s gonna be really fun.”

Edwards appeared in 36 games for James Madison this season and averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists a game on 34.3 percent shooting from three-point range.

After winning Sun Belt Sixth Man of the Year in 2022-23, the 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing out of Atlanta earned Sun Belt Player of the Year honors this season prior to leading the Dukes to an NCAA tournament bid. James Madison won 32 games this season but lost to Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Edwards played four seasons and 117 games during his career at James Madison. He scored 1,414 career points, while collecting 525 rebounds, 278 assists, and 111 steals. He hit 46.2 percent from the field during his career with the Dukes.

He anticipates arriving in Louisville this summer

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