Carsen Edwards

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Carsen Edwards
Carsen Edwards.jpg
Edwards playing for Purdue
No. 29 – Boston Celtics
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1998-03-12) March 12, 1998 (age 21)
Houston, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolAtascocita (Atascocita, Texas)
CollegePurdue (2016–2019)
NBA draft2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentBoston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Carsen Edwards (born March 12, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Purdue Boilermakers, where he was twice named an All-American.

Early life and high school career[edit]

Edwards was born in Houston, Texas and attended Atascocita High School.[2] Playing basketball and football as a sophomore,[3] he subsequently focused on basketball. As a junior, he averaged 23.6 points, 4.9 assists and 4.9 rebounds a contest, while being named Player of the Year by the Houston Chronicle. In his senior year, Edwards led Atascocita with averages of 26.3 points, 5.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds per outing, earning MaxPreps All-America Fourth Team[4] and first-team All-State honors.[2]

He was rated as a four-star recruit and ranked #88 in the Class of 2016 by ESPN, Rivals.com, and 247Sports.com. [5][6][7]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Carsen Edwards
#16 PG
Humble, TX Atascocita High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Aug 11, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 82

College career[edit]

2016–17[edit]

He made an immediate impact as a freshman at Purdue, appearing in all 35 games (21 starts) and averaging 10.3 points as well as 2.6 boards and 1.8 assists a contest. He was the only freshman in the Big Ten Conference to complete the 2016-17 season with at least 45 three-pointers made (49) and 35 steals (36).[8]

2017–18[edit]

Edwards scored a then career-high 40 points, shooting 11 for 19 from the field in a 93-86 win over Illinois on February 22, 2018.[9] As a sophomore, Edwards averaged 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He was named to the First Team All-Big Ten and led Purdue to a school-record 30-win season. At the end of the season he declared for the 2018 NBA draft without hiring an agent.[10] After participating in that year's NBA Draft Combine, he ultimately opted to return to Purdue.[11]

2018–19[edit]

As a junior, Edwards saw his efficiency dip from 46.8% (40.6% from 3) to 39.4%, and 35.5% from 3. However, he also took about 19 shots per game as opposed to around 13.5 during his sophomore season. This was also due to a shooting slump in February 2019 where he shot around 30% from the floor.

On September 25, 2018, Edwards was named the Blue Ribbon Yearbook Pre-Season College Basketball National Player of the Year.[12] In a 72-68 loss against Texas, Edwards dropped another career-high 40 points on 15 of 26 shooting.[13] On January 31, 2019, Edwards made a then school-record eight three-point shots to go with 38 points in a 99-90 overtime win versus Penn State.[14] Edwards was also named to the All-American Second-Team by the United States Basketball Writer's Association (USBWA).

On March 23, during the NCAA Tournament, Edwards scored a career-high 42 points on just 21 shots in a blowout 87–61 win over the defending champions, #6 ranked Villanova. Against Tennessee, Edwards scored 29 points in a Sweet Sixteen win. In the Elite Eight, Edwards dazzled in the national spotlight against Virginia. He made 10 of his 19 three-point attempts, just one shy of the NCAA tournament record, and set a school record. In doing so, Edwards broke his previous record set just the last week with 9 three-pointers against Villanova in the 87-61 round of 32 win, and in making those nine he broke his previous record of 8 against Penn State. He ended up scoring 42 points, his second career high in the last three games, but only scored two in the extra period as Virginia prevailed in overtime. At the end of Purdue's run, he was named the Most Outstanding Player in the South region.[15]

Edwards broke many records in the 2019 NCAA tournament. He broke the single-tournament 3-point record with 28. However, the previous record holder had played in all six games to Edwards' four. He is also all-time 3rd place in most 25-point games in a row in the NCAA tournament, tying current NBA player Stephen Curry with 5.[16]

Following Purdue's loss in the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Edwards announced his intention to forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, where he was projected to be a first-round selection.[17]

Professional career[edit]

On June 20, 2019, Edwards was selected with the 33rd overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics after his draft rights were traded by the Philadelphia 76ers.[18][19] Edwards played for the Celtics during the 2019 NBA Summer League season and averaged a team high 19.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 23.4 minutes over five games.[20] After clinching the number one seed in the tournament, the Celtics were eliminated in the first round by the eventual champions, the Memphis Grizzlies, despite a 25 point, 8 rebound effort by Edwards.[21][22]

National team career[edit]

Edwards was named to the roster of the US national team for the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup in Egypt,[23] where they captured a bronze medal.[24]

Edwards was also named to the roster of the US national team for the 2017 Taipei Universiade, where they captured a silver medal.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Purdue 35 21 23.2 .382 .340 .743 2.6 1.8 1.0 .1 10.3
2017–18 Purdue 37 37 29.5 .458 .406 .824 3.8 2.8 1.1 .2 18.5
2018–19 Purdue 36 36 35.4 .393 .355 .837 3.6 2.9 1.3 .3 24.3
Career 108 94 29.4 .412 .368 .817 3.4 2.5 1.2 .2 17.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pascoe, Bruce (April 7, 2018). "Arizona's Ayton Wins Karl Malone Award". Arizona Daily Star. Tucson, Arizona. p. B004 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b "Carsen Edwards Purdue Profile". Purdue Sports. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Carsen Edwards on why he picked Purdue". Journal & Courier. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  4. ^ "2015-16 MaxPreps Boys Basketball All-American Team - MaxPreps". MaxPreps.com. 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  5. ^ "2016 Purdue Basketball Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Carsen Edwards". 247 Sports. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "2016 Player Commits". ESPN. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Cunningham, Kevin. "Who is Carsen Edwards? 5 things to know about the Purdue guard". Land of 10. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "Edwards scores 40 points, No. 9 Purdue beats Illinois 93-86". ESPN. Associated Press. February 22, 2018. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  10. ^ Baird, Nathan (March 26, 2018). "Why Carsen Edwards' decision to enter NBA Draft should benefit both him and Purdue". Journal & Courier. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  11. ^ Johnson, Raphielle (May 29, 2018). "Carsen Edwards returning to Purdue for junior season". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "Edwards Tabbed Blue Ribbon Player of the Year - Purdue University". Purdue University. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  13. ^ "Texas snaps 3-game skid against Purdue 72-68". ESPN. Associated Press. December 9, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  14. ^ "Edwards' 38 helps No. 17 Purdue hold off Penn State in OT". ESPN. Associated Press. February 1, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  15. ^ Kussoy, Howie (March 31, 2019). "Carsen Edwards' unstoppable run comes to heartbreaking end". New York Post.
  16. ^ "Edwards' 28 3s in 4 games a tournament record". ESPN. March 31, 2019.
  17. ^ "Edwards to leave Purdue and enter NBA draft". ESPN. April 7, 2019.
  18. ^ "In New Picks, Team Lands Prospects Who Check Key Boxes". NBA.com. June 21, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  19. ^ "Celtics Draft Langford, Williams, Edwards & Waters". NBA.com. June 21, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  20. ^ https://www.nba.com/summerleague/2019/stats?team=celtics&league=vegas
  21. ^ https://www.nba.com/games/20190713/MEMBOS#/boxscore
  22. ^ https://www.nba.com/video/2019/07/15/1521900083-mem-min-memphis-grizzlies-sl-championship-ceremony
  23. ^ "Carsen Edwards at the Players of the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 - FIBA.basketball". FIBA.basketball. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  24. ^ "2017 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup Schedule". USA Basketball. Retrieved February 25, 2018.

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