While only a sophomore, 2025 prospect Kayden Edwards provides an invaluable jolt of energy to a highly-ranked Duncanville High School (TX) team that also consists of 2023 top-10 Texas recruit Ron Holland, Arizona signee K.J. Lewis, and unsigned four-star big man Cameron Barnes. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard brings a mix outside shooting skills and perimeter defense.
Edwards played for Southern Assault (TX) on the 3SSB AAU circuit last season and will run with ProSkills (TX) this spring/summer. The sophomore is a knockdown three-point shooter, recently hitting an efficient 4-5 from deep in a comeback win against Cardinal Hayes (NY) at Hoophall West in Scottsdale, AZ. Edwards currently holds offers from Texas Tech, TCU, Mississippi State, Kansas State, SMU, Texas State, and Texas — a list that is sure to continue to grow over time.
Recently, Edwards spent time with Pro Insight’s Conrad Chow to chat about the latest with his recruitment.
For the next installment of “Recruiting Roundup,” we present class of 2025 prospect Kayden Edwards, from Fort Worth, Texas:
Pro Insight: How did you get to where you are today? Talk a bit about your background and family.
Kayden Edwards: I started off playing soccer. I was really fast so my dad wanted to try football and I was really good at football and then my dad was like, “well let's try the sport that I like, the sport that I love and I grew up with.” So we started out with basketball and I was just the person out there that's like getting the outlets and like running past everybody. And then I really started to work on my game and you know, like just perfecting my shot and defense and I just started to love the game.
PI: Any other athletes in the family?
KE: My dad, my mom, my aunt — and my uncle played in the NFL but yeah, that's about it.
PI: Were you born and raised in the Dallas area?
KE: I was born in Daytona Beach, Florida. I moved out here in Texas when I was probably about like one or two [years old], so I spent my whole life, basically my whole life, in Fort Worth, Texas. So I was born in Florida, raised in Texas.
PI: For those who aren’t familiar with your game, what are your greatest strengths and playstyle?
KE: My playstyle, I mean I like to run. I like to get out and really get downhill and show that I'm more than just a shooter, but if you leave me open I'm gonna knock it down, but also if you come at me, I'm going to go by you and that's a three-level scorer. I can hit the three. I can hit the mid-range and I can get to the basket and get a layup.
PI: Who do you model your game after or study on film?
KE: I mean I've always liked Russell Westbrook. People may talk about him in a way like he's rusty and stuff like that, but I just like his dog. I like his athleticism. People compare me to De’Aaron Fox. So I mean, it’s really nice that people compare me to De’Aaron Fox. I really like to watch Russell Westbrook, though.
PI: What is your recruitment update? Who are you hearing from the most lately?
KE: The most love…I mean SMU is coming pretty strong. They have a really nice culture and everything down there. Texas Tech…coming from a visit from down there, it was really nice. It's literally nowhere, but really nice. But SMU is really starting to come along strong right now.
PI: Do you have a dream school growing up?
KE: As a kid, I would really like that North Carolina-Duke matchup, so I really wanted to go to Duke and when Coach K left, I was just like, “ahh, I really wanted to go to Duke. I really wanted to go to Duke.” But now UNC is starting to be my favorite.
PI: Which schools are you hoping to visit in the near future?
KE: Probably Texas.
PI: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
KE: Best piece of advice…“Just go out there and hoop.” I mean, when I was first a freshman at Duncanville, I would be thinking a lot and these coaches just put me in the position to be successful. I mean, that's what I love about Duncanville, the culture here and I love it here and they just advise me to just go out there and hoop and do what I do.
PI: Name three words that best describe you.
KE: Competitive. I'm really competitive. Funny. I'm funny to be around like I'm like really nice to be around. Respectful. I take pride in being respectful.
PI: At the end of the day, what do you hope to be remembered for?
KE: I want to be remembered as a player who isn't just worried about scoring. You know, everybody's worried about scoring stuff, just being an all-around player. I want to be remembered as the best defensive person because defense wins games and I just want to be remembered as the best defensive person to come through every school I go to or whatever is in my future. I just want to be known as the best defensive person.