Purdue sophomore Carsen Edwards was named a finalist for the Jerry West Award, which is given annually to the the nation’s best shooting guard, on Tuesday.
Edwards is averaging a team-high 18.5 points per game to along with 3.9 rebounds and 3 assists. He struggled in the Boilermakers’ 75-66 loss to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament final on Sunday, scoring 12 points on 4-for-16 shooting.
It was a rare blip in what has been an exciting season for the sophomore. After averaging 10.3 points in 23.3 minutes per game last season, Edwards had turned into the Boilermakers’ go-to scorer. On Monday, Edwards was named a second-team All-American by USA Today. He needs 12 points to become the seventh player in school history to have 1,000 points in their first two seasons at Purdue.
This marks the second straight season a Purdue sophomore has been named a finalist for a position-specific award; former Boilermakers forward Caleb Swanigan was a finalist for last year’s Karl Malone Award, which is given to the nation’s top power forward.
In 2015, Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell won the first ever Jerry West Award. Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield and Kentucky’s Malik Monk earned the honor in 2016 and 2017, respectively.