COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Purdue sophomore Carsen Edwards has been chosen to represent USA Basketball at the FIBA U19 World Cup, becoming the second Boilermaker in a row to represent the Stars & Stripes in the event.
Two years ago, Caleb Swanigan helped Team USA to a gold medal in the U19 World Championships in Greece. Edwards hopes to follow in his footsteps.
The World Championship will run July 1 to 9, in Cairo, Egypt. Team USA has won the World Championship in 1979, 1983, 1991, 2009, 2013 and 2015. From 1979 to 2007, the event was held every four years, before being contested every two years beginning in 2009.
Edwards impressed many people at USA Training Camp, and will vie to be the team’s starting point guard entering the event. It will also give Edwards a unique opportunity to be a two-time World Champion in the span of two months as he will travel with Purdue and Team USA as he heads to Taipei for the World University Games in late August.
Edwards averaged 10.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, ranking sixth on Purdue’s freshman scoring list with 360 points. He is 1-of-3 freshman in Purdue history to score at least 360 points, dish out 60 assists and grab 30 steals. He also ranked fourth on the Purdue freshman all-time 3-pointers made list with 49. He scored 10 or more points 18 times as a freshman, helping Purdue to a 16-2 record during those contests.
The 2017 USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team will be led by John Calipari (Kentucky) with assistance by Tad Boyle (Colorado) and Danny Manning (Wake Forest).