Carsen
Edwards
Position: PG
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 199 lbs
School/Club: Purdue
Status: Junior
Birthday: 03/12/1998

About Carsen Edwards

Carsen Edwards is a dynamic scoring guard who ranked among the most productive guards in the country before going on a historic postseason scoring run to lift Purdue to an Elite 8 appearance.  A consensus top-115 prospect in the high school class of 2016 out of Atascocita High School, Edwards emerged as an instant contributor for Matt Painter averaging 10.3 points per game as a true freshman.  Averaging 18.5 points per game as a sophomore, the Humble, Texas native took a significant step forward and tested the NBA Draft waters before returning for his junior season.  He finished his career on a high note averaging 34.8 points per game in the NCAA Tournament and 24.3 overall to earn Consensus All-American 2nd Team honors and carry Purdue to their first Elite 8 appearance since 2000. 

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  • Has average size for a point guard measured at 6’0.25 in shoes at the Draft Combine, but has an impressive 6’6 wingspan, a strong 199-pound frame.  Terrific athlete who can play above the rim on the move and has great quickness and balance creating shots on the perimeter. 

  • Played one of the biggest roles of any high major player in the country offensively.  Was featured extensively in the pick-and-roll and given plenty of freedom to freelance in one-on-one situations but was also used heavily in designed actions away from the ball as Matt Painter found all sorts of creative ways to keep Edwards involved offensively.   

Defensive Analysis 

  • Solid defender whose 6'6 wingspan allows him to play a bit bigger than his listed height.  Makes some scrappy plays, but gets lost off the ball at times.  Far more competitive than most guys carrying the offensive load that he does. 

  • Allowed 0.802 points per Spot Up possession [75th percentile] showing good feet when closing out. 

Career Highlights

  • One of 10 finalists for the 2018-19 Naismith Trophy for National Player of the Year.
  • Consensus 2018-19 All-America Second Team selection.
  • Became Purdue’s first two-time All-American since Glenn Robinson (1992-93, 1993-94).
  • Purdue’s career leader in three-pointers (281).
  • His 1,920 points were the most in Big Ten history for a player through his Junior year, breaking Calbert Cheaney’s record (1,928 at Indiana from 1989-92). 

Junior (2018-19)

  • Ranked ninth in the nation in scoring (24.3 ppg). His 874 points were the third most in school history.
  • Shattered the Purdue and Big Ten record for most threepointers in a season with 135.
  • Averaged 34.8 points in four NCAA Tournament games.
  • His 42 points against both Villanova and Virginia made him the first player to hit 40 twice in the NCAA Tournament since Bo Kimble in 1990.
  • Broke Glen Rice’s NCAA Tournament record by making 28 threes, including a school-record 10 against Virginia in the South Regional final. 

Strengths

  • Prolific scorer with deep range.
  • Has a quick and compact release.
  • Solid athlete with length/strength to play bigger.
  • Can be a disruptive defender. 

Personal

  • Played AAU for the Houston Hoops with current NBA players De’Aaron Fox, Robert Williams and Jarred Vanderbilt. 

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