Tennessee Basketball Commit Played State Tournament With Fractured Foot

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    Tennessee basketball commit B.J. Edwards led Knoxville Catholic to the State Championship game playing with a fractured foot, 5StarPreps Jesse Smithey reported Wednesday.

    Edwards and Knoxville Catholic knocked off undefeated Brentwood Academy in semifinals of the Division II-AA tournament behind a 23 point, 13 rebound, five assist, three steal and three block performance.

    The Fighting Irish would fall to Christian Brothers in the state title game, 79-72, but the four-star point guard turned in a strong performance. In the title loss, Edwards recorded 21 point, nine rebounds and one assist.

    According to Smithey, it isn’t a major break but that the Knoxville native will be in a cast for four weeks.

    Edwards is Tennessee’s only commit in the 2022 recruiting class, pledging to Rick Barnes and the Vols in early July.

    The 6-foot-3, 170 pound point guard ranks as a four-star and the nation’s 101st player and 15th best point guard in the nation according to the 247sports composite rankings. Edwards is the No. 2 player in the state of Tennessee behind five-star Alabama commit Brandon Miller.

    While Kennedy Chandler has not announce his plans following this season, Edwards would have an opportunity to make an instant impact in Knoxville if Chandler were to leave for the NBA Draft.

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