Purdue guard Carsen Edwards is one heck of a player.
That was apparent in his first (2016-17) season with the Boilermakers. If there were any doubters, he silenced them this season.
Edwards averaged a team-best 18.5 points per game in 2017-18. He shot 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc.
With Edwards’ individual accomplishments in mind, the sophomore sharpshooter won the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award on Friday.
Congrats to Carsen Edwards on winning the @Hoophall Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award!
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 7, 2018
Edwards could come back for his junior year if he desires. However, he is going through the 2018 NBA Draft process.
The good news for Purdue fans, though, is that he hasn’t hired an agent. Edwards can participate in drills and get feedback from NBA personnel and then return for his third season at Purdue.
If Edwards hires an agent or decides against pulling his name from the draft, he will not be able to return to play for the Boilermakers.
Purdue went 30-7 overall and 15-3 in Big Ten play in 2017-18. The Boilermakers finished with the second-best record in the conference and made it to the Big Ten title game before losing to Michigan.
Purdue then received a No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament, but an injury to center Isaac Haas impacted the team in the first round. The Boilermakers — without Haas — made it to the Sweet 16, where they ended their season with a loss to No. 3 seed Texas Tech.