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“WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue junior Carsen Edwards has been named the top returning player in college basketball for the 2018-19 season according to NCAA March Madness.
Edwards, a 6-foot, 1-inch junior from Atascocita, Texas, earned the nod after an outstanding sophomore season, helping the Boilermakers to a 30-7 overall record and a spot in the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season.
Edwards is one of four Big Ten players mentioned in the list via NCAA’s Andy Katz (Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ – No. 4; Indiana’s Juwan Morgan – No. 12; Nebraska’s James Palmer Jr. – No. 13). Kyle Guy (Virginia), Happ, Nevada’s Caleb Martin and North Carolina’s Luke Maye were Nos. five through two, respectively.
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 a year ago 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 last year were the second most in a season in school history.”
Edwards will be the attraction at Mackey Arena this winter. Now, without Caleb Swanigan, Vince Edwards, or Dakota Mathias, the Boilermakers are in his hands.
A lot of Indiana ties on that last as well. Kyle Guy is a 2014 graduate of Lawrence Central.