Edwards Pair Named to Naismith List
Feb. 14, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue senior Vincent Edwards and sophomore Carsen Edwards were named to the late-season Naismith Trophy watch list announced today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Given annually to the nation’s top player, the Naismith Award is considered one of the sport’s biggest honors. 

Vincent Edwards, a 6-foot, 8-inch forward from Middletown, Ohio, was on the initial top-50 list at the start of the season, while Carsen Edwards, a 6-foot, 1-inch guard from Atascocita, Texas, worked his way on to the late-season list after not being mentioned on the preseason list.

The list will be whittled down to 10 semifinalists on Feb. 28, and then to four finalists in mid-March. Purdue All-American Caleb Swanigan was a finalist for last year’s award.

Purdue, Arizona, North Carolina and Villanova are the only schools with two players on the top-30 list. There are four Big Ten players on the list with Purdue accounting for half of them.

Carsen leads the team in scoring at 16.9 points per game while also grabbing 3.8 rebounds and dishing out 2.9 assists per game. He is shooting 47.0 percent from the field, 39.9 percent from 3-point range and 2.32 percent from the free throw line. He has scored in double-figures in nine straight games and his four games of 25 points or more are the fifth most in the Big Ten. He needs 186 points to become the seventh player in Purdue history to record 1,000 points in his first two seasons as a Boilermaker.

Vincent, meanwhile, ranks second on the team in scoring (15.1) and assists (3.1) while leading the squad in rebounding (7.8). He is shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from 3-point range and 83.8 percent from the free throw line. In league games only, he is averaging 15.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. In the win over Rutgers, he became just the second Big Ten player in the last 25 years with 1,500 career points, 700 career rebounds, 350 assists and 150 made 3-pointers.

The Edwards’ duo and teammates travel to Wisconsin for a 7 p.m. ET, tip on Thursday from the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin, on ESPN. The Boilermakers enter Thursday’s contest with a 23-4 overall record and a 12-2 record in the Big Ten.



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