Edwards Invited to USA U19 Training Camp
June 8, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue rising sophomore Carsen Edwards is 1-of-28 players to be invited to USA Basketball’s U19 World Cup Team Training Camp, the organization announced this morning.

The final selections will make up Team USA’s squad for the newly-titled FIBA U19 World Cup to be played in Cairo, Egypt, from July 1 to 9. Training camp will run from June 18 to 25 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, and eligible athletes for this team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998) and U.S. citizens.

Edwards is trying to become the second Purdue representative in the last two years to land a spot on the team, as in 2015, incoming freshman Caleb Swanigan helped lead Team USA to the U19 title in the 2015 FIBA World Cup in Greece.

The 6-foot guard from Atascocita, Texas, had an outstanding freshman season in 2016-17, helping Purdue to the Big Ten title and a spot in the Sweet 16. He averaged 10.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game and was the only freshman in the Big Ten to finish the year with at least 45 3-pointers and 35 steals. He is 1-of-3 freshmen in school history to have at least 360 points, 60 assists and 30 steals during his rookie campaign (Robbie Hummel, E’Twaun Moore).

He ended the year ranked high on the Purdue freshman single-season lists, finishing the season sixth in points (360), ninth in scoring average (10.3), fourth in 3-pointers made (49), sixth in free throw percentage (.743) and fifth in steals (36).

Others accepting invitations to the camp are Desmond Bane (TCU), Bol Bol, Marques Bolden (Duke), Chaundree Brown, Devon Daniels (NC State), Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky), Malachi Flynn (Washington State), Kevin Huerter (Maryland), Louis King, Kevin Knox, Romeo Langford, Brandon McCoy, De’Anthony Melton (USC), Charlie Moore (Kansas), Chuma Okeke, Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech), Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s), Payton Pritchard (Oregon), Immanuel Quickly, Cameron Reddish, Mitchell Robinson, Quinton Rose (Temple), Jeremiah Tilmon, P.J. Washington, Austin Wiley (Auburn), Kris Wilkes and Trae Young.

Purdue returns six of its top seven players from last year’s 27-8 team that reached the Sweet 16 and won the Big Ten regular-season championship by two games. Head coach Matt Painter also welcomes a five-person recruiting class that is ranked No. 26 by 247Sports.



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