Former Legacy basketball standout Kailey Edwards is searching for a new home.
After spending the first two seasons of her collegiate career with the women’s basketball program at the University of Denver, Edwards said she will transfer at the end of the school year.
“I’ll finish the year for school, but then I’ll be transferring for basketball,” Edwards said. “It’s mostly because of basketball. I love DU as a school and I love the team, I just want more out of my basketball experience than I’ve been getting here.”
The 2012 BoCoPreps.com Player of the Year originally was recruited by the staff of former DU head coach Erik Johnson, and Edwards did not hedge on her commitment to the Pioneers even after Johnson left for the head coach job at Boston College following the 2011-12 season — the same senior season in which Edwards led the Lightning to the Class 5A state championship.
Under new coach Kerry Cremeans, Edwards appeared in all 31 games as a freshman for DU in 2012-13, ranking second on the team in scoring (10.1 points a game) while also averaging 3.6 rebounds a game. DU moved from the Western Athletic Conference to the Summit League this past season, with Edwards starting all 32 games and leading the team in scoring average (12.6) and steals while helping the Pioneers to make an unexpected run to the league championship game.
“We are sad to see Kailey leave our program and wish her future success,” Cremeans said. “Kailey was a key ingredient to this team playing in the championship game of this year’s Summit League tournament. We appreciate all that she has done for the University of Denver.”
Despite Edwards’ solid production, DU’s 9-23 record this past season and the out-of-the-way Summit League road trips to such locales as Fort Wayne, Ind., and Fargo, North Dakota left Edwards desiring more out of what’s left of her collegiate career.
Edwards said she recently was released from her scholarship at DU and will be looking to land at another Division I program, even though that would mean sitting out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
“I just got my release, so honestly I haven’t even talked to anyone yet,” Edwards said. “I really want to win, like any basketball player, and it’s been a rough couple of years. At this point for me, I have two more years left and I want to go somewhere where I think I’ll have a better experience.”
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