by Joanna Radov, CantonCharge.com contributor
Vince Edwards was a late-season addition to the Charge with our eyes set on the 2019-20 playoffs, in what was one of Canton’s most successful seasons.
Edwards was averaging 11.0 points on .479 shooting with 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists with OKC before coming to Canton. The 6-8 forward also played with last year’s NBA G League Champions, the Rio Grande Vipers, and that kind of experience cannot be taught.
Charge Head Coach Nate Reinking commented, “Vince came to us late in the season, which is a difficult transition as a player, but he handled it extremely well. We were excited to add him because of the quality of person, high level shooting, and IQ which strengthened our depth. His perimeter abilities at his size are a mismatch. Implementing him more and more down the stretch leading into the playoffs with his experience as a G League Champion would have been a special weapon to use during our run for the championship.”
Edwards averaged 3.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1 assist in 14.5 minutes per game.
Speaking to picking up Edwards late in the season, Charge GM Brendon Yu added, “Vince was starting to really come along for us right before we stopped playing. He’s got NBA size and provided us with more shooting. He’s a really cerebral player and after the trade was really starting to adjust to the new situation. As a past G League champion we were counting on his experience in the postseason to help put us over the top.”
It’s easy to see Vince’s development with the team. The Middletown, OH native his season-high eight points with the Charge on February and grabbed a season-high five boards for the second time on February 21st.
Charge play-by-play announcer Scott Zurilla reflected, “I really liked what Vince brought to the Charge in his limited time with the team. Good size and versatility, provided perimeter defense, rebounding and toughness. He seemed to fit in well and accept his role. Would have really helped in the playoffs.”
In a season filled with “could have beens”, Edwards was a key component of Canton’s post-season plan.