Greg Edelsward might be in his first year with Humber’s men’s basketball team, but his presence has already been integral to the Hawks’ success.
The six-foot-seven centre led the team in scoring this season, averaging 12.8 points per game, helping the Hawks earn an OCAA post-season berth. However, his contribution to the team far exceeds his point production.
“He’s been kind of a quiet leader,” said assistant coach Patrick Au. “He sets a good example and I know he talks a lot in the change room and gets guys going and keeps them focused.
“On the floor he’s been a real stabilizing force in the middle. He’s given us a good inside presence and solid rebounding and defending.”
Second year power forward Tyrone Dickson said Edelsward brings a lot of energy to the team.
“He keeps us all up, he keeps us going with the offensive (rebounds) and offensive points,” he said.
“He always keeps us in the game,” added Dickson. “He fills a big role on the court.”
Edelsward also brings a wealth of experience. Prior to coming to Humber’s marketing management program, Edelsward participated in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) as a member of the Western University Mustangs from 2009 to 2011, before graduating in 2013.
His participation in the OUA helped him build good practice habits, improve his play on the court and his leadership skills, all of which are important contributions to the Hawks, said Au.
Following his graduation from Western, Edelsward looked to continue building his academic resume. It was the school’s academic reputation that initially drew him to Humber.
“I wasn’t really decided on playing basketball immediately,” Edelsward said. “I had to pick what I wanted to do for my post-grad. I wanted to get into marketing, and (Humber) has one of the best marketing programs in the country.
“I met with coach (Shawn) Collins and I got a good feel for the team and I got to play with them in the summer,” said Edelsward. “It was great just being around them and it’s a really good cohesive unit, so it just adds to the experience.”
For Edelsward, the opportunity to play an important role for the Hawks has been an added bonus to the academic benefits.
“I’m loving it. It’s been a dream come true,” he said. “During my time at Western I wasn’t getting a lot of (playing time) and it was an uphill battle, but coming into this kind of program and having the coaches’ support has been phenomenal.
“I’m just blessed to be playing here,” said Edelsward.
With the season winding down, Edelsward is hoping to end his collegiate career with a national championship.
“That’s been the goal since square one,” he said. “I haven’t been around a winning team for a while, so if I can bring a championship back to Humber in my last year, no words could describe it.”