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Big East Player to Watch: Fuquan Edwin (Seton Hall)

Seton Hall‘s Fuquan Edwin is an elite defender and his nation-leading three steals per game a year ago corroborate that. With fewer variables on the defensive end, the junior’s efficacy should remain at a high level in 2012-13.

The Pirates will need more from Edwin offensively because Herb Pope and Jordan Theodore graduated and left a significant scoring void. If all goes as projected, though, Edwin could become as prolific a scorer as he is a tweeter.

Seton Hall’s top returning scorer, Edwin averaged 12.5 points per game last year, topping 20 five times. He made tremendous improvements in the shooting departments, too, upping his field goal percentage from 41 percent to 48.5 percent and his three-point percentage from 31.6 percent to 37 percent.

So it’s not inconceivable to count on him becoming even more consistent. Even if his percentages stagnate, he’ll score more as he makes up for Pope’s and Theodore’s shots.

Seton Hall’s four-game trip to Spain this month didn’t exactly portend Edwin’s emergence as a go-to scorer. After producing minimally in the first two contests, Edwin scored 13 and 14 in the final pair. But that’s not the production the Pirates need from their junior to remain competitive in the Big East this year.

Nonetheless, four games is a very small sample size and Edwin could very well still end up averaging somewhere around 17 points per game.

His experience and versatility on both ends of the floor make him a very valuable player and Seton Hall is fortunate to have him.

 

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Here are the rest of the Big East Player to Watch pieces to date: Brandon TricheChane BehananPeyton Siva, Otto Porter