SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB has put the finishing touches on its 2016 recruiting class with the signing of 6-4 forward Drew Edelman to a National Letter of Intent, it was announced by head coach Bonnie Henrickson on Tuesday.
"Drew will bring added depth, a high basketball IQ, and talent to the low post position," Henrickson said. "She is a player who embraces the physicality of that position and does a terrific job at getting in front of the rim, grabbing deep passes, and finishing.
"On offense, she keeps it simple and shoots at a high percentage. And with her size and length, she can alter and block shots on the defensive side of the floor."
Edelman will be transferring from USC where she played for two seasons under coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. The Sunnyvale, Calif. native will be completing her undergraduate degree in education this summer and will officially join the Gauchos in the fall.
She will be eligible to play this upcoming season at UCSB, as she will be pursuing her master's degree in education at the university's nationally acclaimed Gevirtz School.
As a Trojan, Edelman played in 36 total games and delivered standout performances, including scoring her first double-digit game with 10 points at South Carolina and grabbing a career-best seven boards versus Loyola Marymount. As a sophomore, she averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
Though she won't be a part of the Big West until this fall, she has already scored against a Big West team, as her first career basket came in her collegiate debut at UC Davis.
A standout in the classroom, Edelman was named Honorable Mention Academic All-PAC 12 following the 2013-14 year.
During her prep career at Menlo School, Edelman was a two-sport athlete in basketball and volleyball. In basketball, she was named the San Mateo Daily News Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and was the 2013 Daily Journal Player of the Year. As a senior, she was named the MVP and won gold at the 2013 Maccabiah Games as a member of the United Stats' under-18 girls' team. With averages of 21 points and 14 rebounds per game in her senior year, she earned Prep2prep's Choice Award as the Central Coast Section's Girls Basketball player of the Year.
Edelman was also a four-time all-league honoree, as she helped guide the Knights to a Central Coast Section Championship in 2013. She also had a strong junior campaign when she averaged 19 points, 15.5 rebounds, and two blocks per game.
When she was coming out of high school, ESPN ranked Edelman as the 43rd best post player in the nation.
Edelman joins incoming freshmen Natalia Bruening (6-4, center) and Aliceah Hernandez (5-9, guard) as part of UCSB's 2016 recruiting class.