Glacier alum Ryan Edwards continues basketball journey at Portland State

Portland State center Ryan Edwards breaks away from a team huddle before the Vikings take on the Montana Grizzlies.

This weekend of college basketball was a special one for former Glacier Wolfpack Ryan Edwards. He made his debut playing division one basketball in Montana after beginning his college career in Spokane to play for Mark Few and the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Edwards is now in his one and only season with the Portland State Vikings. He found a new role on the team and what he hopes will be a new career.

After four years at Glacier High School where he was honored as first-team all-state, Ryan Edwards left Montana to join the Gonzaga basketball program.

During his time in Spokane, Edwards saw limited playing time. He was a part of a run that had the Zags on the doorstep of a national championship, but he thought his basketball career was over.

After initially deciding he would say forgo his final year of basketball eligibility in pursuit of a broadcasting career, the 7-footer had a change of heart.

He decided to enroll at Portland state and play as a graduate transfer for the Vikings.

"The guys on my team and my coaches..they just gave me a feeling that I have not felt since high school," said Edwards. "I came here and instantly they just wanted me to succeed."

Edwards is now playing more minutes in the Big Sky Conference and found a more meaningful role on his team.

"Having these guys trust me and listen to me, it is awesome," he said. "I have become one of the captains on the team this year and it was because they knew my background and they needed a leader on the team."

On the year, Edwards has started in 21 games. He leads the team in blocked shots (44) and is fifth in points scored (208).

This season has opened up new career possibilities for somebody who thought he was ready to move on from basketball.

"I am actually going to try and go play in Europe next year," he said. "See how long my body can last and then once that is all said and done, I want to be a coach. I did not realize I loved the game until I got to where I am today."

Edwards found everything he was looking for in the one final season to end his college career.

"I could not ask for anything else. These guys...I am just happy they gave me the opportunity honestly. I could not be more thankful for them."

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