The 2018 NBA Draft is set for June 21.
That may be two months away from now, but Purdue guards Carsen Edwards and Nojel Eastern are testing the NBA waters by going through the draft process. Neither Edwards — a sophomore this past season — or Eastern — a freshman this past season — are hiring an agent and both are expected to be back with the Boilermakers for next season.
So, what’s to gain if you already know you’re probably going back to school for at least another year?
Not only experience, but talking with NBA personnel about what you can do to further improve your game and working out in front of teams can only help you. Edwards talked about the process as a whole:
“I honestly look at it as I’m a long way from being able to be at that level,” Edwards said. “So, I just keep working. Just take it day by day. I feel like I’ve said that a lot — just take it day by day.”
Edwards also talked about what he wants NBA talent evaluators to see from him:
“That I’m a dog,” Edwards said. “That I’m going to fight. I’m going to play every game. I want them to know I’m coachable — I’ll listen to them and take in anything they tell me, but I’ll go hard every day.”
“I want to go out there and perform against the best players in college basketball or coming from overseas, to get the best evaluation of what I need to work on for the summer,” Eastern said.
“Playing in front of important people like that can get you notoriety, get you out there a little bit. For me, I want to know, throughout this process of offseason work, what I need to do to perfect my game as much as possible in all aspects.”
Eastern, who averaged just 2.9 points per game this past season at Purdue, was asked about people questioning his decision after his 2017-18 season.
“I didn’t react any way,” Eastern said. “Some people appreciated it, some people not. I can’t change their mind. They have an opinion and I respect their opinion, but that’s not going to stop me from trying to be the best player I can possibly be.
“I’m going to continue to get better, continue to grind this offseason, so I can come back the best player I can.”
The 2018 NBA Draft Combine will take place from May 16-20 and the early entrant withdrawal deadline is at 5 p.m. on June 11.