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JEREMY PAPASSO
Legacy standout Kailey Edwards is eager to meet new University of Denver head coach Kerry Cremeans and new DU assistant, and Colorado high school legend, Abby Waner.

Kailey Edwards admits it was a discouraging situation to endure when Erik Johnson, the coach she committed to at the University of Denver, left the Pioneers’ program in order to take the head coach job at Boston College.

A few weeks later, Edwards could not be more excited about how the situation at DU has settled. Last week, Denver hired Kerry Cremeans, a long time assistant at Auburn and Purdue, to take over the program. Edwards, who earned the BoCoPreps.com Girls Basketball Player of the Year award after leading Legacy to the Class 5A state championship, spoke with Cremeans late last week and is planning to meet with her new coach later this week.

“She called me very early after she was hired and left a message,” Edwards said. “Then we talked and I’m very excited about finally meeting her in person. She sounds awesome. It seems like she has been very successful and she knows what it means to win.”

Perhaps even more exciting to Edwards is that Cremeans has tabbed Abby Waner to join her coaching staff. Edwards is part of a current generation of Colorado high school stars who grew up idolizing Waner, who was an all-state player at ThunderRidge before starring at Duke.

“Abby Waner was one of my idols growing up, so I’m very excited about that,” Edwards said. “Having Abby there is so awesome. Now I can really start looking to the future and starting my workouts over there.”

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