The Purdue Boilermakers haven’t had a very competitive basketball program since Robbie Hummel left town, but last season the team showed some major life. One of their big issues looking into the future is point guard depth and they were able to get a big commitment from 2016 point guard Carsen Edwards.
Edwards is the first commitment that the Boilermakers have received for their 2016 class.
Matt Painter has been searching for a quality option and Edwards is the type of guy that they were hoping to land.
Painter made Edwards a priority quite some time. The three-star point guard helps Purdue immensely moving forward. The Boilermakers lost a big commitment from C.J. Walker in the spring and Edwards will help them bounce back from that loss.
During the spring and summer season with Houston Hoops, Edwards showed off his offensive ability. He averaged 15 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 23 games.
Edwards is known for his three-point shooting and that will be extremely valuable for the Boilermakers.
Obviously from his numbers, Edwards is going to have some work to do on his point guard skills. He will have to figure out how to run a team much more effectively than he did with Houston, but summer league games are always more about scoring and improving in that area than as a passer.
Painter has shown unexpected talent over the past few seasons in developing young players and he has to be excited about the chance he has with Edwards.
Expect to see Edwards make a big impact on the Purdue basketball program when he gets to town. He is an extremely good athlete and his potential is through the roof. Edwards is going to be asked to play a big role immediately when he joins the roster and there is a good chance that he could develop into more than most are expecting him to be.
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