Macau Black Bears continue their busy offseason by signing Brandon Edwards as their second world import, joining recent recruit Kenny Manigault.
The latest addition is a 27 year-old big man, who is able to play both power forward and center positions.
Edwards played college basketball at University of Texas Arlington, where he averaged 16.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game during his senior year.
The former UTA Maverick has professional experience with Spanish, Greek, and Israeli clubs. He impressed during his stint with Hapoel Ramat Gan Givatayim in Israel, where he left an impressive 16.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 14 games.
However, Edwards was signed with Elitzur Yavne after part way with Ramat Gan on January, 2019. He also played for Elitzur Yavne for the remaining season in Israel before signing with Macau Black Bears for the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.
“We are extremely excited to have Brandon in a Black Bears uniform,” remarked Black Bears General Manager Lukas Peng.
Based on Edward’s previous resume, he is expected to be an inside force with his size and unmatched energy. “We expect Brandon to be one of the best rebounders in the league and play extremely hard for us. He will help us on both ends of the floor,” acknowledged Peng.
Peng continue adding his expectations for Edwards’s game, saying: “Similarly to Ryan (Watkins) last season, we will encourage him to shoot the three even if it’s not something he has done a lot in the past. We feel like Brandon is someone that can have that same success (as Ryan) if put in the right situation.”
Although the Macau-based team has yet to announce their third signing of world import, their latest signings in Manigault and Edwards are looking good, especially given their track record of finding gems in less popular professional leagues.
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