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Jesse Edwards returning to Syracuse for senior season

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Syracuse bolsters its center position with the return of Jesse Edwards.

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Jesse Edwards will return to Syracuse for his senior year, according to his brother Kai. Edwards, a Netherlands native, emerged for the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team as a starter in his junior campaign. He’ll return for a fourth year.

Edwards was a presence on both ends of the floor for Syracuse this past season. He was in the running for the ACC’s Most Improved Player award until his season ended abruptly following a left wrist fracture at Boston College on Feb. 8. The 6-foot-11 big man had surgery to repair his wrist. He’s still recovering from that injury with an uncertain timeline as it relates to a return to basketball-related activities.

The return of Edwards for the 2022-23 season gives Syracuse a legitimate two-way player at center. Edwards was 12th in the nation in blocked shots and his field goal percentage of 68.5% would’ve ranked seventh nationally.

Edwards played 28.0 minutes per game this past season, averaging 12.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.8 blocks per game.

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