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Edwards leaving Niagara (update)

Edwards---Niagara forward Kashief Edwards, pictured left, has been released from his scholarship and will transfer to another school, according to sources. Edwards, who would have been a fifth-year senior next season, will earn his degree this summer and is eligible to play for another school immediately.

Edwards visited Northeastern last week and New Hampshire and Delaware State have also expressed interest, according to sources.

“Kashief Edwards will graduate this summer and has decided to use his last year of eligibility at another school,” Niagara coach Joe Mihalich said in a statement released by the school.  “We are extremely proud of all that Niagara University has done for Kashief on and off the floor and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

A native of Philadelphia, Edwards averaged 12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks as a junior in 2010-11. He was the Purple Eagles leading rebounder and third leading scorer.

Edwards was expected to be one of four starters returning for 2011-12 but wanted the opportunity to play on the wing at small forward, according to a source. Edwards will likely be replaced in the lineup by junior college transfer Ali Langford, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward from Salt Lake City, Utah, who averaged 21.6 points and 12.8 rebounds for Hancock (Ca.) College.

---Rodney McKissic



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