It was a Fairleigh good weekend for a pair of former Knights.
While Fairleigh Dickinson alumna Danielle McEwan was busy bagging her second Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour major event title, recently-graduated FDU sharp shooter Darnell Edge took a call from the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association.
McEwan, a four-time All-American during her collegiate playing days in Teaneck, earned the No. 2 seed in the stepladder television finals at the 2019 US Women’s Open. Competing before a live national TV audience on CBS Sports Network on June 23, McEwan posted a 229-225 victory over Shannon O’Keefe in the semifinal round.
Facing top-seeded Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia in the title match, McEwan doubled in the 10th frame to earn a 201-199 win.
The NEC Hall of Famer, who also won the 2015 PWBA Tour Championship, has collected five titles since the Tour rebooted following a 12-year hiatus.
McEwan, a three-time NEC Player of the Year, also owns a NCAA championship ring. The Empire State product earned Tournament MVP honors while helping the Knights to the 2010 national title in North Brunswick, NJ.
After leading the Northeast Conference in free throw percentage and three-point shooting, Edge is hoping to catch on at the next level.
The two-time #NECMBB champion, who dropped 33 points in the Knights’ NCAA First Four victory over Prairie View A&M in March, inked a deal with the Jazz and will compete in the NBA Summer League beginning on July 1.
The opportunity continues a remarkable six-month stretch for Edge, which tipped off in January with the start of Northeast Conference play. The New York native went on to capture all-NEC first team accolades while becoming FDU’s all-time leader in three-point field goals.
Leading the charge into the postseason, Edge won the NEC Tournament MVP award while FDU captured its second conference crown in four years.
In April, Edge’s lights-out shooting helped Team NEC reach the semifinal round of the Dos Equis 3x3U Tournament.