The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team added a pair of Baltimore area players and former AAU teammates during the early signing period as Derrell Edwards and Davon Usher have each signed National-Letters-Of-Intent.
The duo joins current Islanders' Kevin Palmer and Terence Jones as players from Baltimore. Assistant coach Kevin Norris is also a native of Baltimore.
"In the early signing period, we really wanted to focus on solidifying our backcourt and I think we did that," said Islander head coach Perry Clark. "We signed a great shooter in Derrell and signed an explosive athlete in Davon.
"The two of them have the ability to come in and help us right away in the backcourt."
Edwards is beginning his senior season at Dunbar High School in Baltimore. He is a 6-2, 195-pound shooting guard for the Poets. Last season, Edwards averaged 19 points and five rebounds a game. He spent the summer playing AAU basketball for the Baltimore Elite and Crusader Nation.
"I wanted to sign early so I wouldn't be stressing about where I would be going to college," said Edwards. "When I visited the campus, it really seemed like family to me which is what I have in Baltimore. They really made me feel like a part of the team."
Usher is a 6-5, 183-pound guard who earned honorable mention All-Metro honors in Baltimore. Last season, he averaged a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Rams as they won the Class 1A state championship in Maryland. He spent the summer playing AAU basketball with Edwards on the Elite.
"I had been leaning towards making an early decision so I could focus on my team repeating and the goals we had and focus on school," said Usher. "It felt like family when I was there and Coach (Kevin) Norris has known my family for years.
"At first, it wasn't that important to play on the same team as Derrell, but as we talked to each other it became more important. We both felt we had the opportunity to come in play right away. The people were good and we liked the environment. We thought we would have an opportunity to win."