Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Purdue rising junior Carsen Edwards has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to the Boilermakers for the 2018-19 season, the school announced.
“Obviously, we are excited that Carsen will come back to Purdue after going through the draft process,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “He went through several workouts and participated in the NBA Combine and received numerous evaluations of his game. This process will only help him as he continues to grow as a player and as a leader.”
Edwards, a 6-foot, 1-inch guard from Atascocita, Texas, was named a second-team All-America honoree from the NABC and a third-team honoree from both The Sporting News and AP earlier this spring. He is one of three active players to return that have been named All-American (Virginia’s Kyle Guy and North Carolina’s Luke Maye – both third-team honorees) by one of the four major organizations.
Edwards led the Boilermakers in scoring at 18.5 points per game, while contributing 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, shooting 97 of 239 (.406) from long distance. His 686 points this year were the most by a sophomore, and the 10th most in a season in school history. Edwards is one of just seven players in school history to have scored 1,000 points in his first two seasons on the hardwood and his 97 triples are the second most in a season in school history.
Edwards’ 1,046 career points are the 12th most for an active player nationally through his sophomore season. His 686 points this year were the ninth most nationally for a freshman or sophomore and he was one of six underclassmen this year to have 650 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists.
Edwards is the only player in Purdue history to have 650 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in the same season.
Edwards was at his best late in the season, averaging 21.1 points per game in 13 games played after February 1. He tallied 40 points in a win over Illinois in late February and 30 against Texas Tech in the Sweet 16, while averaging 20.5 points per game in six postseason games. He scored in double-figures in 20 straight games to end the season, surpassing 20 points in nine games.
Purdue finished the season with a 30-7 overall record and is one of six schools to have reached consecutive Sweet 16s.
(Release via Purdue)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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