He joined a couple of friends — former Lansing Catholic star Stevie Repichowski and East Lansing star Tracy Edmond — to continue playing basketball at Kingdom Prep Academy this winter in Des Moines, Iowa.
Now 2012 Lansing Eastern High School graduate Fredrick Edmond will join another friend — former Okemos star Chris Harrison-Docks — at Western Kentucky University starting this fall.
“Chris and I have developed a good friendship,” he said. “We have hung out a lot playing basketball with each other.”
Harrison-Docks, who lived in Kentucky before moving to Okemos a few years ago, decided to transfer to Western Kentucky after attending and playing a couple of exhibition games at 2010 and 2011 NCAA runner-up from Butler before its regular season started in early November.
“Western Kentucky’s a good school, and they have a good coach,” Edmond said. “They have made the (NCAA) tournament the past few years.”
The Hilltoppers have earned NCAA automatic berths the past two years by winning the Sun Belt Conference tournament. They went 11-8 and wound up tied for third place in the league in 2011-12 after Ray Harper took over when previous coach Kent McDonald was fired following a 5-11 start.
This winter, Western Kentucky — located an hour north of Nashville, Tenn. — finished fourth in the Sun Belt and 20-15 following a 64-57 NCAA loss to Kansas.
“It’s a good fit for me,” Edmond said. “They play my style of basketball.”
The 6-foot-4 Edmond averaged 38 points, 11 rebounds and four assists per game for Kingdom Prep under coach Joel Hannagan.
“He helped me out a lot and pushed me this year,” Edmond said of Hannagan.
Edmond averaged 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game and made Class A first team all-state as a senior at Lansing Eastern. The Quakers finished 19-4 in 2011-12 under coach Rod Watts and were ranked No. 1 in Class A when they lost to Class B No. 1 Sexton.
“Watts is a good coach who helped me to get where I’m at,” Edmond said.
Other schools that recruited Edmond included Auburn, Oregon State, Detroit and Missouri-Kansas City.