Willie Dee Edison - 1991
Willie was born in Lincoln, Alabama and
graduated from Talladega County High School. As a member of the basketball team
he distinguished himself as a gifted athlete. He led that state in scoring,
averaging 30.1 points and 22.3 rebounds per game and was named MVP County,
All-Region, Prep All-American, First Team All-State, and Team
In 1978 Willie became a member of the
Southern Union State Junior College basketball team. During his first season
with the Bison, Willie started all 28 games and let the team in rebounding and
scoring. After breaking several Southern Union records, he was named Best
Rebounder and Best Defensive player of the Year.
In his sophomore year, Willie soared to
greater heights as he rewrote the record books at Southern Union. His one-game
records included most points with 51, most field goals with 19, most free throws
with 22, and most rebounds with 21. Willie’s season records included most
points with 799, highest average with 24.3 in 33 games, most free throws with
233, and most consecutive free throws without a miss with 29. During the
Athletic Banquet at Southern Union, Willie was honored as Outstanding Athlete of
the Year, MVO, Best Rebounder, Best Defensive Player, best Free Throw Shooter,
and Team Captain. Because of his outstanding record, Willie was one of 11
All-Stars selected to our Hawaii, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He led the team in
rebounding and scoring, averaging 22.4 points per game.
After being recruited by several
colleges, Willie signed with the University of Central Florida at Orlando.
Willie’s first season was cut short due to an ankle injury but he shot his way
back into the record books in his senior year. He was third in the nation in
field goal percentage among Division II teams and set the single game team
record for field goals at 66.8%. At the end of the season, Willie was selected
to the First Team All South NCAA Division II, First Team All Sunshine State
Conference, and MVP.
Willie completed his B.A. at UCF in 1982
and went to earn his Doctorate in Theology at the International Bible
Institution in Plymouth, Florida. In 1985 he returned home to Lincoln and
became a counselor for the Georgia Department of Human Services where he worked
with teenagers suffering from drug problems and child abuse.
Today Willie is the owner of a
construction company and serves as the Assistant Minister for Union Springs
Baptist Church in Lincoln. He and his wife Jessie have two children, Jeremy and
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