Rothstein | Providence’s Drew Edwards cleared for basketball activities

PROVIDENCE, RI - DECEMBER 10: Providence Friars guard Drew Edwards (25) defends UMass Minutemen guard Dejon Jarreau (3) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game between UMass Minutemen and Providence Friars on December 10, 2016, at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. Providence defeated UMass 75-69. (Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire)
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Providence has received some good news on junior guard Drew Edwards, who has been cleared for basketball activities, Friars coach Ed Cooley tells FanRag Sports.

After playing in 33 games as a freshman in 2015-16, Edwards was limited to just eight games played as a sophomore following offseason knee surgery. The team opted to shut him down, noting he was not 100 percent in late December.

In his 41 games, Edwards has averaged 10.4 minutes per game with an average of 2.5 points on 34.7 percent shooting from the field. Despite feeling pain in his knee, he continued to play as a freshman. He had a noteworthy moment in the 2015-16 NCAA Tournament during his first year, being the one who threw the in-bounds pass to Rodney Bullock for the game-winner against the University of Southern California.

Last season, the Friars went 20-13 on the season and faced off against USC yet again in the NCAA Tournament. This time, the Trojans won the game, 75-71. Providence will be looking to make its fifth consecutive tournament appearance this season.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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