Purdue sophomore Carsen Edwards completed awards season with perhaps his biggest accolade as he was named the winner of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Jerry West Award given to the nation’s top shooting guard, handed out at the College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on Friday.
Edwards was joined by Duke’s Grayson Allen, Oakland’s Kendrick Nunn, Boston College’s Jerome Robinson and Creighton’s Marcus Foster as finalists for the West Award. Edwards wasn’t on the initial list of 20 players released in October and was added to the 10-person list in early February.
It marks the first time that a Purdue player has won a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame position award after having finalists in 2016 (A.J. Hammons) and 2017 (Caleb Swanigan) and two this year (Edwards, Isaac Haas).
Edwards, a 6-foot, 1-inch guard from Atascocita, Texas, was named a second-team All-America honoree from the NABC and a third-team honoree from both The Sporting News and AP earlier this year.
Edwards led the Boilermakers in scoring at 18.5 points per game, while contributing 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, shooting 97 of 239 (.406) from long distance. His 686 points this year were the most by a sophomore, and the 10th most in a season in school history. Edwards is one of just seven players in school history to have scored 1,000 points in his first two seasons on the hardwood and his 97 triples are the second most in a season in school history.
Edwards’ 1,046 career points are the 12th most for an active player nationally through his sophomore season. His 686 points this year were the ninth most nationally for a freshman or sophomore and he was one of six underclassmen this year to have 650 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists.
Edwards is the only player in Purdue history to have 650 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in the same season.
Edwards was at his best late in the season, averaging 21.1 points per game in 13 games played after February 1. He tallied 40 points in a win over Illinois in late February and 30 against Texas Tech in the Sweet 16, while averaging 20.5 points per game in six postseason games. He scored in double-figures in 20 straight games to end the season, surpassing 20 points in nine games.
Purdue finished the season with a 30-7 overall record and was one of just six schools to reach consecutive Sweet 16s.