About Vincent Edwards
Vincent Edwards is a versatile forward who did a little bit of everything for Purdue while improving steadily over his four-year college career. A consensus top-150 prospect in the high school class of 2014, Edwards emerged as an instant contributor for Matt Painter’s Boilermakers averaging 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game as a true freshman. Showed marked development as a jump shooter as a sophomore, served as more of a playmaker as a junior, and made strides as a rebounder as a senior. Edwards was a key part of four NCAA Tournament teams filling a variety of different roles. Edwards averaged 14.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game as a senior earning All-Big Ten Second Team honors while helping Purdue to a top-3 AP ranking and a Sweet 16 appearance.
Father, Bill Edwards, was a similarly versatile forward who played in the NBA briefly after going undrafted out of Wright State and had a long, highly productive career across a half dozen top-tier leagues in Europe.
- Edwards was listed at 6’8 with a 225-pound frame as a senior and has a wingspan of just over 7-feet. Has solid size for a combo forward and though not overwhelmingly quick or explosive, possesses nice leaping ability off two feet and a strong frame.
- Played a significant role for all four of his seasons at Purdue. Though never serving as the team’s first option, Edwards grew into a highly efficient role player whose versatility was put to good use. Was most prolific as a floor spacer this season posting impressive 3-point shooting numbers outside of a February slump, but also regularly attacked mismatches from the inside and out from the power forward position, made shots at a nice rate out of off screen actions, generated some points on the offensive glass with his hustle, and even served as both the ball handler and the roll man in the pick & roll on a near-nightly basis. Played a uniquely well-rounded role for a college forward for one of the nation’s most efficient offensive teams. Finished as the Boilermakers’ third leading scorer, but also led the team in rebounding and ranked second in assists.
- Versatility extends to the defensive end as well. Regularly guarded multiple positions as a senior as Purdue switched many actions. Plays with nice discipline both on and off the ball, but has room to be more aggressive. Doesn’t miss a lot of rotations, helps actively, and seldom misses a chance to get a hand up in the eyeline of opposing shooters. Had some good moments moving his feet on the perimeter, but also got beat to the rim in spots not always anticipating against creative slashers. Allowed 0.632 points per Isolation possession [75th percentile] and 0.417 points per Post Up possession [97th percentile]. Not the most imposing interior defender against more polished back-to-the-basket scorers, but goes straight up on shots in close contesting with good timing. Makes second efforts for loose balls. Ability to maximize his frame to stretch all the positive things he does defensively at the next level is a point of interest.