Purdue basketball recently handed out eight team awards, coach Matt Painter announced on Wednesday.
The winners of the eight winners are below:
- Most Valuable Player: Carsen Edwards
- Ward Lambert Award (academic achievement): Tommy Luce
- Tom Reiter Award (Boilermaker values): P.J. Thompson
- Rebound Award: Vincent Edwards
- Doc Combs “Play Hard” Award: Dakota Mathias
- Courage Award: P.J. Thompson
- Bob King Assists Award: Dakota Mathias (second straight year)
- Ray Eddy “Mr. Hustle” Award: Grady Eifert
Carsen Edwards earned MVP honors after a year in which he averaged a team-high 18.5 points and made the second-most single-season 3-pointers (97) in school history. These numbers helped Edwards earn Associated Press All-America honors and win the Jerry West Award, given annually to the nation’s top shooting guard.
Thompson won the Tom Reiter Award for the second straight season and also won the award for courage. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior started all 37 games this season, averaging 7.5 points and 1.2 steals while shooting 44.1 percent from three-point range and 84.4 percent from the foul line.
Highest ranking under Painter:
👉🏽 Scoring Margin
👉🏽 FG Percentage
👉🏽 3-Pt. Percentage
👉🏽 W-L Percentage
✅ Top 30 in 10 categories.
— Purdue Men’s Basketball (@BoilerBall) April 11, 2018
Unsurprisingly, Vince Edwards and Mathias won the awards for rebounds and assists, respectively. The former led the Boilermakers in both offensive and defensive boards, while the latter paced the team with 146 dimes (3.9 per game). Mathias also won the Doc Combs “Play Hard” Award.
Meanwhile, Grady Eifert won an award for the hustle he displayed throughout the season. In 36 appearances, he averaged 8.3 minutes per contest.