Team to come home for funeral

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Central Michigan basketball player
Brent Edwards died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, the university said Wednesday.

Edwards died Tuesday, a day after the crash about 30 miles west
of Saginaw. The team was informed of Edwards' death while
participating in the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. It began

The 21-year-old junior guard from Flushing was a walk-on to the
team and one of a few players who did not travel to the tournament.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Brent's family," head coach
Jay Smith said in a statement. "We wish we could be there with
them right now."

The team planned to leave Hawaii on Thursday, returning to
Michigan on Friday so members could attend Edwards' funeral
Saturday in Flushing.

"Buddha," as Edwards' teammates and friends knew him, played in three
games last season. He had two points, two rebounds and a steal in
those appearances.

Edwards' survivors include his parents, Greg and Kathy.