Northwest Florida State C.C. guard Daryl Edwards remains one of Iowa State’s top targets after officially visiting Ames last weekend. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound sharpshooter scored 13.8 points per game while shooting 45.8 percent from deep during his sophomore season for the Raiders.
Edwards is expected to take visits to UNLV, LSU and Utah in the coming weeks before making his final college decision.
On Wednesday, Cyclone Fanatic caught up with Northwest Florida State C.C. assistant coach Tevin Baskin to discuss Edwards’ visit to Ames, his game on the court, his development at Northwest Florida and more.
The following is a Q&A of that conversation.
Some questions and answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.
Q: Have you gotten a chance to talk to Daryl about his visit to Iowa State?
Baskin: Yeah, I got a chance to talk to him for a few minutes yesterday or the day before. I want to say yesterday I saw him for a little bit. From the sounds of it, he enjoyed the visit. He enjoyed the atmosphere and everything that the program has to offer.
Q: How would you describe Daryl as a player?
Baskin: He’s a dynamic scorer who scores at a high clip. Scoring is what he really does well. Just like any other basketball player, he has room for improvement, strength wise, in defensive effort. But, he’s definitely a scorer who can score at all three levels.
Q: How’s his development progressed since he got to Northwest Florida State?
Baskin: This is actually my first year. I got to Northwest in August, but just watching film on him between year one and two you can see that there was progress that was made. I think, overall, the thing with him is he likes to work. He likes to work and he puts in the hours. Anything that you’re seeing that’s happened on the court, didn’t happen overnight. He’s a relentless worker. He loves the game of basketball.
Q: I know you guys ran up against Hutchinson C.C. in The Tournament and Iowa State is heavily recruiting Hutch forward Shakur Juiston. As an opposing coach, what was your impression of him?
Baskin: One thing about him that I can say is he has the motor of a high-major big and he’s extremely physical. He plays hard. He plays hard. If there’s anything about high-major basketball, that’s something you have to have at all times. You have to be able to play hard and sustain it. He happened to have a really big game against us. I think he finished with (18 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks). He knows how to impact the game at both ends of the floor.
Q: Do you know what Daryl’s timeline is like for making a decision?
Baskin: After talking to him, I think he has a few more visits left, two or three, I’m not really sure, but I do know just from speaking with him he’s going to take those visits and he’s going to, obviously, sit down and make the decision with the people that’s closest to him. I think what he’s looking for is the right fit and a place where he can make an impact immediately. You know, the thing about JUCO guys is they don’t have a lot of time to be going some place and sitting kind of waiting for their time. I think he’s looking for a place where he can make an immediate impact, have fun doing it, in a good atmosphere with good people.