The Springfield (Mass.) Armor suffered a tough 97-94 loss to the Dakota Wizards a couple weeks ago, and Gavin Edwards stayed in the locker room afterward to watch Philadelphia and Green Bay in the NFC Divisional playoff game.
Watching football is a simple reminder of how nice it is to be home.
Before joining the Armor in the NBA Developmental League on December 22nd, Edwards, a former Mesquite High and University of Connecticut standout, spent two stints overseas, first in South Korea and more recently in Ukraine.
The adjustment of playing overseas was a difficult one.
“It’s kind of a culture shock the first two, three weeks,” Edwards said. “but you kind of get the hang of things.”
Despite going undrafted after a successful senior season at UConn, Edwards played for the Suns’ Las Vegas summer league team. After that, Edwards joined the KT&G Kites of the Korean Basketball League.
Edward played in only 7 games, averaging 5.1 points and grabbing 2.4 rebounds per game in Korea.
“Everything is different, the rules are different, even the basketball," Edwards said. “...I handled it pretty well,” said Edwards. “You have to go in with an open mind.”
Less than a week after that stint ended, Edwards headed to Ukraine to play for Khimik-OPZ Yunzy of the Ukraine Basketball Super League. Edwards only played in 3 games before returning home.
Soon after, Edwards’ agent signed him up for the D-League and Springfield was quick to acquire the 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward.
“It was the best choice for me,” he said of returning to the States. "I just wanted to get back to the kind of basketball I wanted to be playing. “It’s real nice. Eating good food all the time and being around people that speak the same language. You kind of take that for granted when you’re over there."
Edwards has added depth and versatility to the front court. Edwards is able to be a low post presence as well as stretch the defense with his outside shooting. He's averaging 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds a game through his first seven games for the Armor.