New resolve: Edmondson learned from first-round loss, ready for college
by Nick Birdsong
nbirdsong@annistonstar.com
Apr 06, 2012 | 2340 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Anniston senior Lasheddrick Edmondson averaged 17 points and five assists per game and was a first-team all-state choice. Photo: Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star/File
Anniston senior Lasheddrick Edmondson averaged 17 points and five assists per game and was a first-team all-state choice. Photo: Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star/File
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Lasheddrick Edmondson’s calm, measured tone was indicative of a man who’d been through something and lived and learned to tell about it.

The Anniston point guard had a near-storybook junior season.

He was named MVP at the AHSAA Class 4A, Area 10 and Northeast Regional tournaments. He scored a career-high 33 points in an upset victory against Hillcrest-Evergreen in the state semifinals. Led by Edmondson, the Bulldogs fell just five points short of knocking off Butler, led by two-time Mr. Basketball award-winner Trevor Lacey, in the state championship game.

To top it off, he was a first-team selection to the all-state team and one of 24 players in the state tabbed to play in the North-South game, as part of All-Star Sports Week in Huntsville this past summer.

But this season, the Bulldogs were surprisingly upended in the first-round of the area tournament, losing 55-50 to Alexandria in their own gym.

“People were saying I was better my junior year,” he said.

Despite his team’s disappointing finish, Edmondson wasn’t too shabby his senior season either. The 5-foot-11, 162-pounder averaged 17 points and five assists and was once again a first-team all-state choice, and local coaches recently voted him The Star’s Class 4A-6A Player of the Year for the second year in a row.

“I just thank God,” Edmondson said. “I really wasn’t expecting it this year with us going out in the first round.”

Edmondson said he took a week off from the game he loves once the season ended, adding that he didn’t want to show his face.

“I think about it a lot, every time I read the newspaper,” he said. “When the Alabama-Mississippi game came around, I thought, ‘I could be playing in that if we would’ve made it to state.’”

Edmondson’s nowhere near done with playing basketball competitively.

He said it was the calls he received from college coaches, inquiring about his availability that inspired him to get back in the gym and train hard again.

He’s received offers from Division II St. Andrews University (N.C.) and Snead State Community College. He’s also received interest from Alabama State, William Carey (Miss.) and Miami-Dade Community College.

“Lasheddrick’s going to do exactly what you ask of him,” Anniston coach Schuessler Ware said. “He loves to win, and he loves to be around good talent that’s going to push him to make other players better. All he needs is the right situation; he’s going to be a plus to somebody’s program.”

Ware has guided the Bulldogs to a pair of state titles. He said Edmondson’s skills are comparable to many of the great guards he’s had in the past, such as Milton Curry, Marquez Safford, Michael Rush, Josh English, Onterrio Collins and Marcus Perry.

Along with all the accolades he’s acquired, Edmondson will take the tough lesson he learned in his senior year with him as he prepares for the next level.

“Stay focused, be humble and never take it easy,” he said. “We took so many teams lightly this year.”

Nick Birdsong covers prep sports for The Star. Reach him at 256-235-3575. On Twitter: birds_word.