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June 20, 2014

Head start for Beavers on sleeper forward

Kameron Edwards is itching to erase "sleeper prospect" from his resume.

Come July 9th expect him to do just that.

July 9th, of course, marks the NCAA's first evaluation period since April, meaning college coaches from across the country will soon have the opportunity to see the Southern California-product fashion his wares.

By a stroke of luck, though, Oregon State has gotten a head start.

From May 30-June 1, Edwards put on several dominating performances at the Pangos All-American Camp, getting the better of players likes Brandon Sampson, Cody Riley, and Cameron Walker. He was particularly potent against a team coached by Gregg Gottlieb, who only days later would be named to Wayne Tinkle's staff.

"Coach Gottlieb called right after he got up there and I talked to Coach Tinkle the other day, too," the 6-6 small forward told BeaverBlitz.

Like other programs, Oregon State prizes Edwards' versatility. On defense, a high motor and strong lower half allows him to body-up opponents. On offense, that same strength enables him to score in the paint, and a polished jump shot enables him to stick the triple and midrange.

"I'd say the strength of my game is being able to score in a set offense," said Edward. "I can score in a team setting, and that keeps the ball moving and everyone involved… I think I fit best at the 3 but I can develop into a 2-guard, also."

Edwards spent much of his sophomore year hobbled by a broken ankle, so when he flashed on the scene at perennially elite Etiwanda High School this past winter, college programs quickly began to inquire.

"It's a ton of mid-majors right now," said Edwards. "I probably hear the most from UC Irvine, Pepperdine, Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount, San Jose State, and bunch of others."

Though limited to one varsity season, the 2015 product already has several noteworthy performances under his belt. He tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds in a win over UCLA-commit Lonzo Ball and Chino Hills, and not long after dropped 18 and 11 facing another 5-Star recruit, Tyler Dorsey and St. John Bosco. Altogether, the stat-stuffing Edwards finished the year averaging a double-double.

Edwards hasn't set a date by which he'd like to make a decision but does know he wants to settle on a family atmosphere, something the folks in Corvallis hope ultimately serves them.

"That's definitely a big thing for me," said Edwards. "I'd like my parents to be able to come see me play wherever I end up."

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