Freshman guard Edwards could boost Bears’ entertainment value

Sunday’s exhibition game against Fisher College provided fans with their first live-action look at this year’s University of Maine men’s basketball team.
One conclusion that can be drawn from the outing is freshman Justin Edwards has considerable athletic ability.
The 6-foot-3 guard from Whitby, Ontario, showed flashes of play befitting a budding star as he helped coach Ted Woodward’s Black Bears post a 91-45 victory at Alfond Arena.
Edwards demonstrated quickness, explosive jumping ability and considerable hang time while providing a game-high 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot in 19 minutes.
Edwards appears to be skilled in making plays once he is in the air around the basket with a combination of smooth moves and a soft touch. He didn’t dunk in the game, but word is he enjoys throwing it down when given the opportunity.
Expect Edwards to be among a handful of newcomers who will contribute for UMaine this season. He was a combination guard in high school, which means he is likely to be competing for playing time with the senior guard trio of Raheem Singleton, Andrew Rogers and Gerald McLemore.
Freshman guards Xavier Pollard (10 points) and Noam Laish (six points) also were solid in their first exhibition outings.

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Pete is a Bangor native who graduated from Bangor High School, Class of 1980. He earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He has been a full-time member of the Bangor Daily News Sports staff since 1984. Pete lives in Bangor with his wife of 32 years, Annia. They have two adult sons, Will and Paul. Pete is fluent in Spanish and enjoys visiting his in-laws and friends in Costa Rica. His hobbies including hunting, fishing and listening to jazz.