This former Middletown standout won a title in first pro basketball season last week

Vince Edwards, a Middletown High School graduate, scored seven points as Rio Grande beat Long Island, 129-122, Friday night in the G-League Championship game.
Vince Edwards, a Middletown High School graduate, scored seven points as Rio Grande beat Long Island, 129-122, Friday night in the G-League Championship game.

Another Middie has won a championship.

Vince Edwards, a Middletown High School graduate, won a championship during his rookie season in professional basketball.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the G-League team for the Houston Rockets, beat the Long Island Nets 129-112 for the championship Friday night. Edwards scored seven points, grabbed eight rebounds and had four assists in the final.

Edwards is on a two-way contract, meaning he gets more money and guaranteed time with the big club, but he spent much of the season in the G-League. He played two games for the Rockets, scoring three points.

In 31 regular season games for Rio Grande Valley, he averaged 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. In their five playoff games he averaged 7.6 per game.

After high school, Edwards played four seasons with the Purdue Boilermakers. The 6-foot-7 forward scored 1,638 points in four seasons at Purdue. He made the All-Big Ten second team as a senior, averaging 14.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He shot 47.6 percent from the field and made 39.8 percent of his 3-pointers.

He was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 22nd pick of the second round of the NBA Draft last year. He was the 52nd overall pick. The Utah Jazz traded the pick to the Rockets.

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