Son of former Bad Boy signs with Oakland basketball

Sam Schlenner, Sports editor

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James Edwards, Jr., son of former Piston James Edwards of the Bad Boys era, has signed his letter of intent with Oakland men’s basketball, senior associate athletic director for public relations Scott MacDonald confirmed.

Edwards has joined as a center and stands at 6 foot 9 and 190 pounds, according to He’s from Franklin High School in Seattle, the 28th best team in the state of Washington, according to MaxPreps.

In the 2015-16 season, Edwards played in ten games and averaged 7.7 points, 3.5 defensive rebounds and 2.1 offensive rebounds per game, according to MaxPreps. From 2014-15, he played in 21 games and scored 3.1 points per game with three rebounds per game.

Edwards, Sr. (AKA “Buddha”) was a member of the 1989 and 1990 NBA Champion Detroit Pistons. He scored 14862 points in his 19-year career.

Oakland head coach Greg Kampe might have referenced Edwards, though not by name, after the Feb. 26 Metro Series game versus Detroit, which Oakland won 108-97 on an attendance-recording setting, nationally-televised night in the O’rena. Kampe said in the post-game press conference that a recruit from Washington had attended that evening, and that you’d know his dad. Also:

“I talked to him for a second on the floor,” Kampe said, “and his mouth was down to here.”

Apparently he was sold.