Since joining the Northeast Conference in 1997, the Central Connecticut men’s basketball program has had more than its share of success. And of all the outstanding players who have passed through Detrick Gymnasium, a case can be made that Corsley Edwards is the best to don a Blue Devil uniform.
Edwards, a Baltimore native, was a three-time All-NEC selection and the 2001-02 NEC Player of the Year. He was chosen to the NEC All-Rookie team as a freshman in 1998-99 and All-NEC second team as a sophomore. Edwards would go on to earn to earn first-team All-NEC accolades in his junior and senior seasons. He was named to the NEC All-Tournament team in both the 1999 and 2000 postseasons.
Edwards is the third-leading scorer in CCSU history and ranks 21st on the NEC career list with 1,731 points. The 6’9” center also pulled down 966 rebounds, seventh in school annals and eighth in the NEC recordbook. Edwards is one of just three players in NEC history who have scored 1,700+ points and grabbed 900+ rebounds in their career. He never shot less than 50 percent from the field in any of his four seasons and ranks second all-time at CCSU with 198 career blocks.
Edwards won a pair of NEC titles at CCSU, the first coming in 1999-00, his sophomore season. That year, Edwards helped spark the Blue Devils to a 15-game win streak and close loss to Iowa State in the NCAA first round after beating Robert Morris in the NEC title game. He was also part of a dominant 2001-02 team that set a conference record with 27 victories, including a league record 19 straight at one point. CCSU would go on to beat Quinnipiac in the NEC title game to earn a second NCAA Tournament appearance. The Blue Devils fell to Pitt in the first round with Edwards scoring a game-high 16 points. CCSU won 85 games in his four seasons.
Edwards became the first NEC player selected in the NBA Draft in 11 years when chosen by the Sacramento Kings in the second round in 2002. He played for the New Orleans Hornets in 2003-04. Edwards was also named to the CBA All-Rookie team and competed in the CBA All-Star game in 2003. He won a CBA title and was named playoff MVP with the Sioux City Skyforce in 2005. Edwards continued to play professionally in 10 different countries through 2014 until taking a position as a player development assistant with the Denver Nuggets.
“Corsley was the main reason that the Blue Devils competed in two NCAA Tournaments during his sophomore and senior years,” said longtime CCSU head coach Howie Dickenman. “I want to congratulate the selection committee on their choice. Corsley Edwards is well deserving of this prestigious honor as he is a class act both on and off the basketball court.”
“To watch a player develop and mature, with an infectious smile on one end of the court and a thunderous dunk on the other end was a thing of beauty,” said C.J. Jones, the former Director of Athletics at CCSU. “Then to end up as an NBA draft choice was the icing on the cake. I am both thankful and proud of the memories that Corsley and his teammates brought to CCSU and its fans. What a great honor for a job well done.”
“Corsley’s agility, foot work, hands and explosiveness along with being a lefty made him one of if not the most dominant big man in the history of NEC,” said former Wagner head coach and longtime NEC analyst Tim Capstraw. “The Big Dog did not enter CCSU with all these skills, but through diligent work with outstanding coaches led by Howie Dickenman, developed each season. Corsley’s impressive professional career was no doubt shaped by CCSU as will his be his future endeavors.”
“Corsley Edwards was a dominant force who was the backbone of that incredibly successful run CCSU had at the start of 2000,” said former Monmouth head coach Dave Calloway. “He had the size and an inside game that was really unstoppable, making him one of the best interior players in NEC history.”
“I had many sleepless nights trying to prepare for him,” said former Quinnipiac head coach Joe DeSantis. “He was big, strong and skilled...and had the ability to dominate.”