Portland's Warren Edmondson signs on with MSU-Northern Basketball
Warren, left, and James Edmondson Tuesday.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
PORTLAND - A historic season for the Portland Community College basketball program turned into an advanced opportunity for guard Warren Edmondson.
Edmondson, who played a key role in helping the Panthers to their first NWAACC championship in March, signed a letter of intent to play for Montana State University-Northern Tuesday at the PCC Cascade campus.
"I definitely have a good feel for their program that's seen a lot of success," Edmondson said. "I think I can add to that success myself."
"We're very excited for Warren to get this opportunity," Portland coach Tony Broadous said. "He did a great job of developing his game and being a great student in his two years here. All his hard work paid off."
MSU-Northern plays in the NAIA Div. II Frontier Conference. The school has reached the national tournament four straight seasons under coach Shawn Huse.
"Warren is someone we think can help us out immediately," Huse said Friday. "He's the kind of player that can help continue our success."
As a sophomore from Vancouver, Washington's Evergreen High, Edmondson helped the Panthers tie for the Southern Region title and reach the NWAACC Tournament for the first time. In the 16-team tournament, he averaged 20.5 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field that included shooting 48 percent (13 of 28) from three-point range.
Edmondson scored 42 points in a 96-82 semifinal win over Skagit Valley.
Huse said he hadn't seen Edmondson play until the tournament and missed the semifinal game due to other recruiting visits.
"It was a lot of fun to watch him and the Portland team play," Huse said. "When I heard he scored 42, it didn't surprise me at all."
Broadous said that while Edmondson had progressed into a player worthy of a scholarship to a four-year school, his play in the tournament is what put him in front of coaches who had scholarships to offer.
"The tournament was a huge factor for his basketball future," Broadous said. "Without the opportunity to play in that tournament he wouldn't be at MSU-Northern."
Edmondson said signing with a four-year school is the culmination of a dream to compete at a further advanced level of play.
"I saw myself getting to this level, so it's not a surprise," he said. "But, I feel very fortunate because our team had a great season and I avoided injury. This is a wonderful opportunity."