Purdue’s Carsen Edwards provided one of the best clips of the college basketball season — and it has nothing to do with playing the game.
During a Big Ten Tournament semifinal matchup against Penn State, cameras caught Edwards calming down teammate Matt Haarms after the freshman big man picked up a technical foul in the second half. Edwards was the composed friend everyone needs when they get heated.
CJ Folger provided a gif of Edwards telling the 7-foot-3 Haarms to relax before giving him a high five.
Carsen Edwards takes things down a notch
Cannot stop laughing at the face pic.twitter.com/i6uWfMw953
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) March 3, 2018
Edwards explained what he was thinking in the moment in an interview on Big Ten Network:
"After all that goes down, Matt says, 'I still don't remember you telling me that." – @Cboogie_3 on THAT moment with teammate Matt Haarms. Watch the full interview with @BTNDaveRevsine. pic.twitter.com/8QrRfJqgUa
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 7, 2018
“Matt had just got that tech, and he was just kind of everywhere, just swinging his arms and everything,” Edwards said, “and I was just in my mind thinking, ‘You’re doing too much, just relax.’
“It was hilarious, I really did not think the camera was going to be right on me doing that. It’s kinda funny now to look back at it, Matt’s able to laugh at it, and the craziest thing is Matt says, ‘I still don’t remember you telling me that.’ So that’s how you know how he was during that moment.”
In addition to leading the Boilermakers in level-headedness, Edwards put up a team-high 27 points and hit 6 of his 9 3-point attempts in the win over the Nittany Lions. Edwards has been terrific this weekend in Madison Square Garden, Land of 10’s Chris Bumbaca writes.
This tournament has given Edwards the platform to show the rest of the conference, and the nation, why he leads the Boilermakers in scoring (18.6 points per game) and shoots better than 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Edwards may have received consensus first-team all-Big Ten honors, but by the final buzzer Sunday evening, there’s a chance he will start receiving the additional hype he deserves.