Can Kyler Edwards Actually Reach His Lofty Potential in Houston?
Kyler Edwards announced his move to the transfer portal after former head men's basketball coach Chris Beard made his decision to leave the Texas Tech for the University of Texas. Then, when Mark Adams was promoted to head coach, Edwards announced on Twitter that he'd stay at Texas Tech using the hashtag #RRFL, or Red Raider for Life.
A few days later, Edwards deleted the tweet, and Texas Tech Basketball released a statement from Mark Adams, thanking him for his time at the school and saying that the talented junior would indeed remain in the transfer portal.
Only a few short days after all that, Edwards has emerged from the mysterious portal with a new hashtag. This time, #forthecity. With that, Kyler Edwards is on his way to Houston.
Kyler Edwards' time at Texas Tech will always be marred by the late missed layup against Arkansas and the waffling this offseason between the transfer portal and the team. Even before that, Edwards was a point of contention among the Red Raider fans who always expected more from him after a solid freshman role on the team that made an ultimately unsuccessful run to the National Championship.
When fans expected a big jump from Edwards as a sophomore, it just didn't materialize. The team struggled, and Edwards' confidence seemed intermittent. Sometimes an aggressive player would show up in his uniform, and other times a timid player would be in his signature number 0 jersey. His three-point percentage also dipped as a sophomore with his volume expanded.
As a junior, Edwards was in a similar role as the previous season and was still not expected to be the main option with the addition of Mac McClung and the emergence of Terrence Shannon. But fans still wanted Edwards to develop into a consistent threat and be that guy. His three-point percentage certainly improved, but Edwards' killer instinct was still hit or miss.
As the president of the Kyler Edwards' fan club, I'd like to mention that Edwards was never bad; he just had giant expectations that were never totally reached. To be fair, the program didn't match expectations either during his second and third seasons either.
What Kyler Edwards did do in year three was become a much more efficient player. He scored the same per game on fewer total shots, while playing fewer minutes. His offensive efficiency skyrocketed, and his defensive acumen stayed the same.
None of that translated to improved box scores, which is what most fans focus on.
I think Houston is a very good fit for Kyler Edwards stylistically, and he could finally flourish at that level. He can also wear Jordan's brand instead of Curry Flow 8's. But that doesn't matter.
The Edwards news comes a day after Micah Peavy joined the TCU Horned Frogs.