Deon and his family on court following his championship game.
Photo Credit: ESPN
Following a major win and a noteworthy achievement in his basketball career, BVIslander, Deon Edwin dedicated his most recent victory to persons who doubted him.
Edwin, along with his teammates of the basketball team at Kent University---Golden Flashes, secured the championship title of the 2017 Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The team defeated their rivals, Akron Zips, 70-65 in a game played on Saturday, March 11 at the Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, USA.
This win secured the Golden Flashes an automatic bid into the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), where they will go up against the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Bruins on Friday, March 17 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
Speaking with BVI Platinum News, the 24 year-old college basketball star shared that he was often doubted by persons, who would also place him in his brother’s shadow. He said, “But you have to prove them wrong; that’s what I did, I proved them wrong.”
Deon is the younger brother of local basketball star, Jason Edwin.
In words of wisdom to young athletes of the BVI, Deon said, “Work hard for what you want. No matter what people tell you, just focus on accomplishing what you want. Prove them wrong.”
Highlights of Deon during the championship game.
Photo Credit: Cleveland.com
He noted, “That was my main thing. People told me I would never be as good as my brother and never reach his level. Don’t settle for less; you only have one life to live, so might as well go as big as you can.”
Commenting on his team’s win, he expressed that it is an amazing feeling when hard work pays off.
“It’s great. This is what we have been working for all summer and all during the season. We had ups and downs, but we meant we wouldn’t give up. We promised that we would’ve gone out with a punch and gave it our best shot, and that was it.”