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Kyler Edwards chooses to stay in transfer portal, commits to Houston

After a back-and-forth debacle, Kyler decided to leave Tech and finish his college career elsewhere

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After three years of wearing the Scarlet and Black, Kyler Edwards has decided to enter the transfer portal and finish his college career for the Houston Cougars.

Edwards made this decision after announcing via Twitter that he would return to Tech after initially entering the portal following Chris Beards departure to Texas. He’s leaving Tech after a season that saw him in a more reduced role than we anticipated following his improvement in his sophomore season.

I will personally remember Edwards as one of the key leaders the past few years for this Red Raiders basketball team. After acquiring Mac McClung in the transfer portal this past offseason, I thought that the two would make a great tandem in the backcourt. The emergence of Micah Peavy (who just committed to play for TCU) really halted that and turned Kyler into more of a sixth-man role. I was surprised to see him decide to leave now, especially with the news that McClung will not be returning either. Both players would seem to benefit from the others departure with a much more increased role.

Those who have watched him in his three years here know the impact that Edwards had on this team. My personal favorite memory from him will always be that long 2-pointer that he made against Virginia that really sparked a run for us when we were starting to let the game slip away. That was his highest scoring performance of the tournament and was a nice preview into the type of player that he would be for us in the years to come.

Houston will be acquiring a guard that can run its offense, but is better coming off the dribble. As much as I would’ve loved to have seen Kyler finish his career at Texas Tech, I understand the circumstances that brought him to his decision.

He may not go down as one of the best to come through Lubbock, but his impact was certainly felt and the memories he helped create will last a lifetime. Thank you, Kyler, for all that you have done for this program, and I look forward to rooting you in Houston.