UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry added veteran presence to the 2019-20 roster by officially announcing guard Daryl Edwards Tuesday afternoon. The 6-foot-3 graduate-student will be eligible to play this season.
“Daryl Edwards is a great addition of a veteran guard who has been a part of winning programs,” Terry said. “We are very excited to welcome Daryl to UTEP and he will be a great fit with our core of returning players.”
Edwards, a native of Fresno, Calif., previously played at LSU the last two seasons. He played in 32 games with 16 starts as a junior during the 2017-18 season.
Edwards scored a career-high 21 points at Alabama on Feb. 13, 2018, on 8-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-3 from three-point range. Edwards’s senior campaign was cut short to nine contests, missing the remainder of the season due to an injury. Edwards tallied a season-high 12 points against Conference USA program LA Tech on Nov. 16, 2018.
Prior to his time as a Tiger in Baton Rouge, Edwards commenced his collegiate career at Northwest Florida State College, where he played for two seasons. The Raiders compiled a 56-11 record during Edwards’s two seasons.
As a freshman (2015-16), Edwards averaged 13.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, including 33.6 percent from beyond the arc. Edwards filled the stat sheets again during his sophomore season (2016-17), averaging 13.6 points, 3.1 boards and 3.9 assists. Edwards upped his shooting percentage to 48.9 from the field, including 46 percent from downtown. NWF State advanced to the 2017 NJCAA Final Four.
The Miners will open the 2019-20 campaign Nov. 5 against New Mexico Highlands at the Don Haskins Center. UTEP fans will get a chance to witness the new squad Saturday, Oct. 12 (7 p.m.) in a charity exhibition game as the Orange and Blue will battle 2019 national runner-up Texas Tech at the Haskins Center. All proceeds will be donated to a local non-profit supporting the victims of the Aug. 3 tragedy.
Coach Terry also announced a pair of walk-on student-athletes to the program.
Anieus Medrano is a transfer from Bakersfield College. Medrano, a junior entering the 2019-20 season, will have two years of eligibility. The 5-foot-11 guard played in 27 contests, averaging 16.6 points per game during his sophomore season (2018-19), while connecting on 82 percent of his free throws.
Medrano scored a career-high 30 points on 7-of-15 shooting form downtown against LA Valley on Dec. 6, 2018. For his efforts, Medrano was named to the Western State Conference All-Conference team. Medrano is a native of Bakersfield, Calif., and played his high school ball at Liberty High School.
Jules Williamson will be a freshman entering the 2019-20 school year. Williamson played at Aurora East High School in Aurora, Ill., and averaged 25 points per game during the 2018-19 season.
The 6-foot-4 guard was named to the Upstate Eight Conference All-Conference team following his senior campaign, while earning a 2018-19 Beacon-News Boys Basketball All-Area team honorable mention. Williamson was named to the 2017-18 Beacon-News Boys Basketball All-Area second team after averaging 17.0 points per game his junior campaign.