In the sports world, more than anything else, March is known for college basketball and all it has to offer.
This past week, college basketball offered a whole lot to Southern Miss senior guard Cortez Edwards, starting with him passing Curtis Green for the Southern Miss steals record with 197.
“It felt good because, like, that was one of my goals coming into the season,” Edwards said. “So just to accomplish a goal is always a great feeling.”
From a performance perspective, this was far from Edwards’ best week as a Golden Eagle. He had just 11 points against Old Dominion and five versus UTSA.
However, while Edwards’ 13.7 points per game leads the team, his impact goes far beyond getting buckets.
“Cortez has the athleticism and understands how to play the game,” said Golden Eagles’ head coach Doc Sadler. “I told him after the Western Kentucky game he was hurting us. ‘Man you’re playing to get those two or three steals and you’re getting us in trouble and not being in the gaps that you need to be in.’ And he said, ‘You’re right coach, you’re right.’ I said, ‘Just get there, I promise you the ball will come to you and you will make the plays.’ And then I don’t know how many he had against Old Dominion, four or five, and he said, ‘Man, coach. You’re right.'”
Edwards had four steals verse ODU and three against UTSA on senior night.
“First you got to be in the right spot,” said Edwards. “Like, where the coach wants you. And then, knowing what the other team team is doing. Like, if they run a play two or three times then I kind of pick up on it. So when they run it again, then I just jump the passing lane or like make the steal when they try to dribble in-between in the paint. So just learning and anticipation as well.”
Edwards wrapped up his week breaking the steals record and securing a win on his senior night. After the game, Edwards conveyed his feelings about his time at Southern Miss.
“A lot of reflection. Just like, beforehand just thinking about everything we’ve been through. The ups and the downs, and how we got to where we are today. Once I, like, got into the games and got into the when I really seen how it was, I just wanted to work as possible to be the best person I could and make things turn around.”