MC’s Edwards repeats as All-American

Photo courtesy of Nate Knobel Marietta College’s A.J. Edwards, left, makes a move with the ball during a college men’s basketball game at Ban Johnson Arena.

Marietta College senior A.J. Edwards was named to the All-America third team Saturday evening.

Edwards becomes the first player in Marietta College men’s basketball history to earn All-American honors in two seasons.

“I’m extremely proud of A.J. and everything he has been able to accomplish the past four years,” Marietta head coach Jon VanderWal said. “He has worked extremely hard and is more than deserving of the accolades he has received. A.J. has been instrumental in helping us build one of the premier programs in the country. I feel blessed I was given the opportunity to coach him.”

Edwards, who was named to three different All-American teams last season, finished his career in the Navy Blue and White as the most decorated player in program history. He was one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Jostens Trophy awarded to the Division III Player of the Year.

Edwards has earned four All-Great Lakes Region honors, two first team All-Ohio Athletic Conference accolades and was the OAC Player of the Year as a junior. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the OAC Tournament this season and earned All-OAC Tournament honors twice.

The 31st member of Marietta’s 1,000-Point Club, Edwards finished with 1,253 career points, placing him 16th on the school’s all-time scoring list. For the second straight year, he led Marietta in both scoring and rebounding averaging 17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this winter.

Marietta finished the season with a 26-5 overall record and made their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth in the last five years.