David Edwards was conscious of the pressure on his son to meet expectations set by himself and his own father, Dave, a three-year captain at Virginia Commonwealth in the early 1970s.
“People were coming up to Corey and saying, ‘I played with your dad, he did some amazing things,’ ” David Edwards said. “It was pressure, but good pressure. What are you going to do? You have to beat it.”
Corey said he chose George Mason over St. John’s, Hofstra and La Salle – in large part because former high school teammate Ryan Pearson was excelling with the Patriots. (Pearson was the 2011-12 CAA player of the year.)
Early last year, after averaging 4.3 assists over a four-game period and starting twice, Edwards suffered a concussion in practice and missed two games. Despite medical clearance, “he didn’t come back the same,” Hewitt said.
This season, Edwards has reduced turnovers and showed greater leadership. “You don’t want to have to look to the coach for every decision,” he said. “I’ve learned and studied every game on film so I can start calling the plays myself.”
His father visits every few weeks and sometimes sees two familiar faces handling TV commentary at Patriot Center: former Hoyas coach Craig Esherick and ex-teammate Ron Thompson.
Comparing his playing style to his father’s, Corey said: “We’re totally different. I am pass first and look for my shot later. He was like: ‘I am going to score on you every play.’ He was an arrogant player. He built that into his swagger.”
Corey receives feedback after every game from his father, who, when not in attendance, watches from home with his wife, Phenrisa.
“He wants me to be a good player,” Corey said. “Some people don’t have their fathers in their lives, some don’t have both parents, so I take it with me.”