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By JACK LeGWIN
1,500 points in a high school career isn’t an easy mark to hit, and yet Caleb Edwards just did exactly that. He did so with a 29 points, 15 rebounds and 8 block performance in a win over Jensen Beach.
“That means a lot to me,” Edwards told BTS Sports. “Thanks to all the coaches and the players that I’ve played with in high school, it’s really an honor to reach that mark. I’m blessed, and I love playing the game.”
For Edwards, the journey to that mark was anything but conventional, and he did so after transitioning to a school known for their football.
“I came from a very small christian school my freshman year,” Edwards explained. “I transferred after that to South Fork and they told me I’d probably end up playing JV there. I ended up playing varsity my sophomore year. But with the team’s recent success it’s nice to show that we aren’t a football school anymore, that we have a good basketball program as well.”
For Edwards, the journey really started at the SE Elite combine in South Carolina his sophomore summer.
“That was absolutely crazy,” Edwards said. “I’ve never experienced anything like that. Coaches were everywhere. The competition was great too. I met a lot of great people and I really enjoyed it. After that, it couldn’t get more intense. I knew it couldn’t possibly be crazier than that.”
While many schools have offered Edwards scholarships over the course of his high school career, he said he really hasn’t found that place where he knows he fits in.
“I went to every single school that offered me, from Ivy Leagues up in New York, to schools in North Carolina,” Edwards said. “I never really felt at home at any of the programs to be honest with you. I wasn’t in any rush to sign. I wanted to make sure I felt at home and everything is perfect for that decision.”
Feeling at home when he visits the campus is the most important part of the decision for Edwards.
“My family means everything to me,” Edwards said. “I want to visit there and feel like it’s a home away from home. That’s really important to me. At home we eat dinner together every single night, my brothers come over every single night with their spouses and we sit around the table and eat together. I really want to have that feeling of family when I get there.”
As for the next step, if he’s not able to find that place, Edwards says he definitely has thought about what his options could be.
“I’ve thought about going to a post grad school for sure,” Edwards said. “I’ve also thought about walking on. I have good grades, so school isn’t really an issue for me, and I would be okay with doing that. So it all depends on how the last few weeks of the season play out, and seeing what opportunities arise. I’m definitely open right now to any recruiting and walking on is plan B, but I have started looking at plan B if that doesn’t work out.”
Many young players have that dream of playing professional basketball, but Edwards has his mind on something a bit different.
“My family owns quite a few businesses down here in South Florida, so I want to be an economics or finance major, and then come back and help my dad and my brother with the businesses,” Edwards said. “Neither my brother nor my dad went to college so I want to bring that extra knowledge to the business that I can learn in college. I think that my going to college is going to be a huge help to the business, I think that it’s going to be a great experience. My family wants to come watch me play so badly too. It’s going to be awesome.”
Edwards expressed his admiration for his father, Craig, who has been there every step of the way on his journey.
“He’s been such a great role model for me,” Edwards said. “I’m so blessed to have the parents that I do have. He’s been hard on me sometimes throughout this whole process but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
In terms of being a leader, Edwards said he really embraces the responsibility.
“It’s awesome to have people to look up to you,” Edwards said. “You might be their role model. You never know what people are going through in their lives. I always try to be the best person I can be all the time because you never know what people are going through on or off the court.”
While Edwards is focused on heading to college, he does have one goal he really wants to accomplish before he leaves South Fork.
“I want to win a district championship,” Edwards said. “We haven’t won one in five years or so. After every game we win, we have the player who had the best performance write the name of that school up on the white board. I’ve always wanted to be the guy who writes District Championship.”
A district championship would indeed be quite the fitting end to a fantastic career for Edwards at South Fork.