Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/4/14
When Seton Hall took the floor on Friday night before its game against Providence, there was Fuquan Edwin on the sideline, dressed in street clothes. A thumb injury held him out of the Pirates' second-to-last home game of the season, the latest pothole on a road that has been anything but normal for the senior. He has spent his career caught between two worlds: Playing all four of his seasons under head coach Kevin Willard, after being recruited to South Orange by Willard's predecessor, Bobby Gonzalez. With Edwin set to appear at the Prudential Center for the final time as a college player on Monday night against Xavier, his departure feels like the changing of the guard. He is the last connection to the Gonzalez era and only the 10th player since 2006 to be recruited to and play all four years with the Pirates. Edwin has built himself from a kid from the worst streets of Paterson with an awkward-looking shot, into one of the best defensive players in Seton Hall history, smashing the school record for steals. Some say he has a future in the NBA, others wonder how a player that good has never played in a NCAA Tournament game in his career. But even as Edwin prepares to bid farewell to Seton Hall, there is a sense of disappointment and work left undone. Edwin himself knows this, sensing the angst among the fan base for expectations not met. Before he suits up one last time in a Seton Hall uniform, Edwin reflected upon his four-year career, presenting this account in his own words: "I wouldn't necessarily say I keep in touch. I see people who I know who lived in the projects and it's all love. Everyone is family. When we connect, everyone asks how I'm doing. They see me working and they see I'm doing good. "It feels good, because because that was all the guys' dreams. Even the guys who took the wrong path. They look at me like, 'I made it.' When we were young, we were all doing the same things. We would do bad stuff together and still play sports together. But I was playing sports more than the guys that didn't make it out. "In Paterson, there was the AAU program, the Playaz — which is very known. The guys that run that organization are good people and they want to see kids become successful. So they do everything in their power to make that happen. I met new people, another set of friends. So I had my project friends and then my friends who came from good families and big houses. Guys like Shaquille Thomas, I would go stay at his house for like two weeks and then go home for two days and then go back by his house. I would try to stay over there and it just kept me out of trouble.
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