STORRS – The debt crisis in Greece has sent periodic ripples through Wall Street, affecting many indirectly. The problem hits Gavin Edwards’ wallet more directly.
“Because of the economic problems, a lot of teams are going broke,” said Edwards, who played this past season for Peristeri in Athens. “And a lot of guys aren’t getting paid.”
A number of top players left the Peristeri club as a result, though Edwards stuck it out.
Edwards, 24, who has returned to UConn this summer to get his degree, says he is owed about $30,000 and doesn’t expect to get it any time soon. A 6-foot-9 center/forward, he averaged 24 minutes per game and scored 9.5 points per game. He has also played in South Korea and Ukraine since completing his eligibility at UConn in 2010.
“The game is different [in Greece],” Edwards said, after practicing and lifting weights with current UConn players on Wednesday, “for instance, they’re really strict at calling it when you get the ball and take your first step. I kept getting called for traveling.
“And the fans are different. They like to throw things on the court. I was never afraid – it was my fans who were throwing things.”
Among the items Edwards has seen flung on the court, usually at refs: full cups of coffee and batteries.
At UConn, Edwards is taking courses in both summer sessions and expects to have his degree in sociology by September.
“It would be a shame to come here four years and not have a degree,” Edwards said. “The ball is going to stop bouncing one of these days and I’m going to have to get a job. I need something to fall back on, if I don’t stay in basketball, or get into coaching.”
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