Kansas State coach Bruce Weber officially announced the signing of junior transfer Justin Edwards on Thursday.
Edwards,who committed to K-State on Saturday
, two days after an official visit to Manhattan, will sit out this season under NCAA transfer rules and have two years of eligibility remaining. Edwards, a 6-foot-3 wing who’s originally from Whitby, Ontario, averaged 16.7 points and 5.2 rebounds as a sophomore at Maine.
“We are very excited about the addition of Justin to our program,” Weber said in a statement. “With the loss of Rodney (McGruder) and Martavious (Irving) this year and Will (Spradling) and Shane (Southwell) next year, we really needed someone with experience at the guard spot. Justin has that experience and just has the natural gifts to be a really good player for us. The year off will give him a chance to not only learn our system, but also develop and improve his game. We really like our young players and Justin’s presence at practice is going to make them better.”
Edwards is the second Canadian to join the K-State men’s basketball team, following Juevol Myles of Ajax, Ontario, in 2010-11.
“I’m really excited about the next chapter of my basketball career at K-State,” Edwards said in a statement. “I really like the coaching staff and they are really going to help improve my game. My style fits well with Coach Weber’s motion offense because I score a lot of my points by driving and in transition. It will be difficult not to be able to play next year but I’m going to take that opportunity to get better.”