Carsen Edwards plans to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft with the intention of receiving feedback from scouts before ultimately returning to Purdue, reports IndyStar’s Gregg Doyel.
What I’m hearing from a source about Carsen Edwards: He plans to enter 2018 NBA Draft, get feedback and return to Purdue. A 1st-round guarantee could change things, I suppose. You know what they say: Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth – or get a guarantee.
— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) March 24, 2018
Edwards was a first team All-Big Ten player and the conference’s leading scorer as a sophomore this season. His team’s season came to an end in a 78-65 loss to Texas Tech on Friday, but that was through no fault of his own. Edwards poured in 30 points, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Boilermakers alive in the NCAA Tournament.
Rules implemented two years ago allow prospects to declare for the NBA draft with the option of returning to school as long as they do not hire an agent. Doing so allows prospects to communicate with NBA teams and scouts and to attend the NBA draft combine in May. Edwards will be able to use feedback from scouts to try to mold his game the way they want.
As Doyel notes, however, a dynamite performance at the combine could change the whole “returning to Purdue” part of the equation. Edwards is Purdue’s only returning starter, so if feedback from scouts places him as a first-round or early second-round pick, it’d stand to reason Edwards would consider going to the pros now.
Edwards wasn’t expected to be part of the draft process, and isn’t listed on any major mock drafts.