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Edwards and the Bears give a new meaning to bench warmers for the men's basketball team at the University of Northern Colorado

The Kai Edwards of the University of Northern Colorado seeks a dunk Portland State University. (Photo: Josh Polson)

Kai Edwards was face to face with a microphone in front of him, but he was not close to take center stage.

Instead, the University of Northern Colorado junior wanted to make sure he gave credit where he believed it was due.

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Edwards, a 6-foot-9 junior for the men's basketball team at the University of Northern Colorado, made sure that his teammate Jordan Davis will not be overlooked when the Bears dropped their regular season finale to Northern Arizona University at Bank of Colorado Arena.

"This game does not take anything away from the great things that (Davis) has done here," Edwards said, referring to a text message he received from Davis nearly three years ago.

"My first message was from him on April 16, 2016, when he was being recruited by UNC," said Edwards. "He said 'Whatever you need, I'll be here to take care of you and fulfill your dreams.'"

" Throughout my career here, (Davis) has been a great example to all of us, Edwards added. "When we see him train at 6 am … his career at UNC has been excellent, and although we lost, it's his motivation to go and win (this) week. "

Edwards has been a starter this season, but he knows he will have to impact the Bears to advance in the Big Sky Conference postseason tournament and win a place in the Championships of the NCAA starting next week.


In fact, Edwards and junior guard Trent Harris could play roles that make opposing coaches grow.

"I will need everyone," UNC coach Jeff Linder said after the defeat to the NAU.

Edwards arrived at the UNC of the Canary Islands Basketball Academy in Spain. He also played for the sub-18 team of BC Apollo Amsterdam.

Edwards, a business marketing specialist, has been good with 5.3 points per game and 5.9 rebounds.

Harris, a junior college transfer, can light it at long range, and has 72 shells on the season with an average of 9.0 points per game.

On Thursday, Edwards was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, en route to 12 points and 10 rebounds in possibly his best game of the season.

He hit home a couple of dunks, giving the Bears a needed boost at that moment. ready (for the role play), "said Edwards." It depends on the night … this year we've seen many different players on our team that a person can get 16 or 20, "Edwards said." We know that JD (Davis) he can do that every night, but we are at our best when two or three other players also have double digits.

"If we do it in Boise, they have a very good run," added Edwards.

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