By MARLON SCOTT | Senior Staff Writer
The Govs basketball team currently sits at the top of the Ohio Valley Conference with a 13-8, 7-2 OVC record. The team also leads the conference in scoring offense and scoring margin.
The numbers are impressive and one of the reasons for the Govs’ success this season.
However, in an analysis of why the team is winning, another reason that should jump out at anyone who looks is junior guard Tyshwan Edmonson.
Originally from South Bend, Ind., Edmonson transferred to APSU from Midland College in Texas. Before Midland, he played at University Heights Academy in Hopkinsville, Ky., where he was MVP of the Kentucky All “A” Tournament as a senior.
Edmonson currently leads both the team and the OVC in scoring, averaging 20 points a game. He also leads the conference in 3-point field goals made.
Edmonson said when he first joined the team he did not have any goals other than to fit in.
“I just wanted to come in and play hard, play strong and be a good player on this team.”
Since then, he has assumed an important role.
“I have got to be a playmaker. I have got to be able to make plays when we need them,” Edmonson said. “I have got to be able to keep my head in the game, stay poised and set a good example for everybody else because being one of the leaders, people are going to follow you. I have got to set a good example.”
Since the beginning of the season, Edmonson has earned five OVC Newcomer of the Week awards. He went 16 straight games scoring double-digit points until the game against Murray Saturday, Jan. 18.
Despite leading the team offensively, he is constantly looking to improve his game.
“I am looking forward to improving always on my jump shot and my ability to go in and get fouled and get to the free throw line more.”
He also said he needs to keep his teammates involved in the game and do whatever it takes to stay number one and win the OVC.
In the Govs’ most recent victory against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks at home in the Dunn Center Saturday, Jan. 22, Edmonson led the team with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
It was just one of several examples this season of the versatility he brings to the team.
“It felt real good. We always need to see that we can get a victory,” Edmonson said. “We were coming off a two game losing streak, which is real hard. We had not been playing bad all season, up until the last two games. We picked it up tonight and it feels good to get a victory.”
Edmonson is currently a business management major. On the court, he is focusing on doing what it takes to eventually play basketball professionally.
“Now, my goal is to get my name out there so everybody will know who I am and what I can do. After Austin Peay, I want to go pro. Not any team in particular, I just want to go either overseas or in the NBA, it does not matter.” TAS