His shot is not the smoothest, his ability to finish is not the greatest, but where he gets his success comes from the defensive end of the floor. Nothing has come easy for his greatness to occur, as this season has brought an early-season injury in a campaign that has seen him miss five games.
The hardships that senior guard Fuquan Edwin has gone through this season with have turned into success. After suffering an ankle injury, it took Edwin time in the early going of the year to get back on track. Suffering a thumb injury against DePaul just two weeks ago looked as if it would keep him out for extended time, but Edwin returned. The senior is now at the top of the Big East in defense.
Named to the All-Big East 2nd Team, Edwin broke the all-time steals record at Seton Hall which stood for over 30 years in South Orange. He is within eight of 300 on his career as the senior is currently seventh on the conference’s all-time list.
Edwin’s defense turned into his ability to score. The guard averaged 15.8 points per game in the regular season. The Big East named him to the Weekly Honor Roll six times. Considering that he missed time in the early going, the fact that Edwin has 16 double-digit performances in 26 appearances makes his senior season all that much more special.
What also makes Edwin special? With the exception of injuries, the senior has stayed in line with head coach Kevin Willard’s team after the Pirates have had various issues that have led to suspensions. In a tough situation, the senior has weathered the distractions and the sub-.500 season.
Two seasons ago, Edwin became the first player in Big East history to lead the country in steals per game with three per contest. While that was so, Edwin was denied the award. A senior season that has not had the best script is bringing a happy ending for Edwin, who is a local product out of Paterson Catholic (NJ). Ranked as the #23 small forward by ESPN out of high school, Edwin came into The Hall receiving solid expectations, but none that had him reaching this mark on the defensive level.
Let’s look around the country. Don’t think Edwin is as special as he is being made out to be? One of the best in Aaron Craft, who has nearly 330 career assists, is the only one standing between Edwin and first place among all NCAA players. Averaging over 2.85 steals per contest, Edwin looks to take this momentum into Madison Square Garden this week.
While the Pirates are 15-16, the silver lining inside a “blue” season for the Pirates is the one they call “Fu,” a player who will will forever be remembered in the Seton Hall history books.
The All-Big East Teams were announced on Sunday. While they will not be announced until Sunday at The Garden, the conference announced Creighton’s Doug McDermott as the Player of the Week after he broke the 3,000-point milestone and St. John’s Rysheed Jordan as the Rookie of the Week. The speculation remains that these two will be winning the annual awards in those respective categories as well.
ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
*Doug McDermott, Creighton, F, Sr., 6-8, 225, Ames, Iowa
Markel Starks, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-2, 175, Accokeek, Md.
*Bryce Cotton, Providence, G, Sr., 6-1, 165, Tucson, Ariz.
D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s, G, Jr., 6-4, 204, Missouri City, Texas
James Bell, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-6, 220, Orlando, Fla.
*Semaj Christon, Xavier, G, So., 6-3, 190, Cincinnati, Ohio
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM^
Kellen Dunham, Butler, G, So., 6-6, 185, Pendleton, Ind.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown, G, So., 6-3, 218, Indianapolis, Ind.
Davante Gardner, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-8, 290, Suffolk, Va.
Kadeem Batts, Providence, F, Sr., 6-9, 245, Boston, Mass.
Fuquan Edwin Seton Hall, F/G, Sr., 6-6, 215, Paterson, N.J.
JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova, F, Jr., 6-7, 240, Brooklyn, N.Y.
BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
Ethan Wragge, Creighton, F, Sr., 6-7, 225, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova, G, So., 6-3, 195, Langhorne, Pa.
Darrun Hilliard, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-6, 215, Bethlehem, Pa.
Matt Stainbrook, Xavier, C, Jr., 6-10, 263, Bay Village, Ohio
BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM^
Andrew Chrabascz, Butler, F, Fr., 6-7, 225, Portsmouth, R.I.
Billy Garrett, Jr., DePaul, G, Fr., 6-5, 194, Chicago, Ill.
Tommy Hamilton IV, DePaul, F, Fr., 6-10, 284, Chicago, Ill.
Deonte Burton, Marquette, F, Fr., 6-4, 230, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Rysheed Jordan, St. John’s G, Fr., 6-4, 185, Philadelphia, Pa.
Jaren Sina, Seton Hall, G, Fr., 6-2, 180, Lake Hopatcong, N.J.
Josh Hart, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-5, 202, Silver Springs, Md.
*Denotes unanimous selection.
^Due to a tie in the voting, an additional position was named.
by John Fanta, Big East Reporter, @JohnFanta13