Maine transfer Justin Edwards picks K-State

Maine transfer Justin Edwards arrived at Kansas State for an official visit on Thursday. He committed to the Wildcats on Saturday.

That’s how quickly Edwards was sold on the idea of finishing his college basketball career at K-State, according to a source with knowledge of Edwards’ decision.

(Update, he has since made things official with a twitter announcement)

Edwards, a 6-foot-3 wing who averaged 16.7 points and 5.2 rebounds as a sophomore with Maine, should provide key scoring for K-State during the 2014-15 season. He will have to sit out a year, because of NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining after that. Edwards was considered one of the better transfers on the market. He chose to transfer from Maine in order to play in a more prestigious conference as an upperclassman.

Edwards, originally from Canada, was a second-team all-conference guard last season, and hopes to add experience, size and scoring to K-State’s lineup. He also received interest from Creighton, Iowa State and a handful of other programs.

Here is a story about Edwards’ decision to transfer. Playing at a higher level was something he always wanted to try.

Edwards hasn’t yet returned calls seeking comment, but I hope to have a few quotes to pass along later today.

It wasn’t all good news for K-State on the recruiting front Saturday, though. California power forward Tanner Lancona cancelled his scheduled visit to Manhattan and committed to St. Louis, his father confirmed via text. He also visited Colorado State.

That leaves the Wildcats with one available scholarship to use for the class of 2013. Guards Marcus Foster, Jevon Thomas and Wesley Iwundu have signed along with big man Neville Fincher. Another guard, Nigel Johnson, has committed to K-State. Expect K-State coaches to continue searching for a forward to round out the class.