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Purdue’s Carsen Edwards declaring for 2019 NBA Draft

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Purdue’s Carsen Edwards is declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft, he announced on Sunday.

Following a memorable 2019 NCAA tournament in which he dropped two separate 42-point outings to help lead the Boilermakers to the Elite Eight, Edwards is planning on signing an agent and staying in the draft.

A 6-foot-1 junior known for his electric perimeter scoring ability, Edwards put up 24.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season. While Edwards was one of the main national storylines during the NCAA tournament, his play was up-and-down during the season for Purdue as he shot 39 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range.

Edwards should be one of the draft’s most intriguing prospects thanks to his perimeter abilities and inconsistent play. In the right system, Edwards could thrive as a microwave scorer. But Edwards also has some questions about his ability to play lead guard, as well as what kind of contributions he’ll bring on the defensive end.

Purdue’s Carsen Edwards declaring for draft without an agent

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Carsen Edwards will see what the NBA has to say about him after a breakout sophomore season.
The Purdue point guard will declare for the NBA Draft but without an agent, the school announced Monday.

Edwards blossomed this season after averaging 10.3 points and shooting 38.2 percent from the floor as a freshman, he put up 18.5 points per game and shot 45.8 overall and 40.6 percent from 3-point range this last year. He also tallied 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

And he produced one of the best GIFs of the year.

Edwards would seem a likely candidate to return to school, but his ascendant sophomore season certainly bolstered his stock. Getting in front of NBA teams – whether in workouts or the combine – is definitely the prudent move for the 6-foot-1 point guard.

Purdue lands three-star Class of 2016 point guard

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Purdue landed a much-needed guard in its Class of 2016 haul as scoring point guard Carsen Edwards pledged to the program, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The native of Texas took an official visit to the Boilermakers during the summer and helps the program offset the recruiting loss of former commitment C.J. Walker, who decommitted during the spring. Edwards was a primary recruiting target for head coach Matt Painter and he landed one of his key targets with this pledge.

The 5-foot-11 Edwards can really fill it up from the perimeter as he was a valuable scorer this spring and summer with Houston Hoops. During the spring and summer, Edwards averaged 15 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 23 games for Houston Hoops. Edwards shot 45 percent from the field, 80 percent from the free-throw line and 36 percent from 3-point territory.

Edwards is the first commitment for Purdue in the Class of 2016 and he’ll help as a scorer and distributor when he enters the program.