By Braedan Shea
Every time that Justin Edwards touches the ball during a game, you can count on him to have the crowd’s undivided attention. He’s hard to miss at 6-foot-7. The senior small forward of Imhotep Charter School (PA) loves putting on a show with highlight reel dunks, long range shooting and thunderous blocks. His incredible talents have landed him the No. 2 ranking in ESPN’s top 100 for the Class of 2023.
He is one of the many stars that will be attending University of Kentucky next fall.
In the final game of Sunday night at the 2023 Spalding Hoophall Classic, Edwards excelled. He earned player of the game honors after putting up 25 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and six steals in a 62-59 victory over Cardinal Hayes High School (NY).
The Springfield Student sat down with Edwards to learn more about his life off the court.
What is your favorite thing to do when not playing basketball?
“I would say chillin’ with my little brother, because I’m never home – so it’s nice being with my family when I can.”
What are your thoughts on Kentucky’s star-studded recruits?
“I think we’re going to do good. [Coach Calipari] is always good with young recruiting classes, and I think I’m gonna just go in and just be myself.”
What are your favorite shoes to play in?
“Kobe’s – they are the lightest shoes I play in.”
Who is your biggest influence?
“My mother, because she plays both roles. She played overseas, and now I am just trying to repay her.”
Who is your favorite NBA player?
“My favorite player is Kevin Durant, and he’s actually the one I model my game after. He’s a demigod. He can do everything.”
Why do you wear No. 3?
“It was the year I was born, and it’s just become my favorite number.”
What is your favorite basketball memory?
“Winning the City of Palms (Classic Basketball Tournament). We were the first team in Pennsylvania history to ever win.”
What is your go-to gas station drink and snack?
“Orange Gatorade and Sour Patch Kids.”
What do you feel is the most underrated part of your game?
Why is your free throw routine so quick, being just one dribble?
“I’ve switched it up a couple of times, but it feels right – it gets me in the rhythm. I’m more of a one dribble type, like one dribble pull-ups into my shots.”
Photo: Luke Whitehouse/The Springfield Student