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Edwards Tabbed Sporting News All-American

by | Mar 11, 2019 | Basketball Blogs, Headlines, RRSN News | 0 comments

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue junior guard Carsen Edwards has been named a Sporting News Third-Team All-American for the second straight year, the organization announced today.

The Sporting News is one of the four outlets used when selecting consensus All-Americans, joined by the Associated Press, the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

He was also named a third-team All-American by NBC Sports today.

Edwards officially becomes a two-time All-American, one of 12 in Purdue history and the first two-time All-American at Purdue since Glenn Robinson in 1993-94 (honorable mention selections are not considered All-Americans).

It marks the third straight year that a Purdue player has been named an All-American. Caleb Swanigan was honored as a consensus first-team selection in 2017, while Edwards was selected in 2018.

Edwards, who is named one of five finalists for the Jerry West Award which honors the nation’s top shooting guard, enters this week’s Big Ten Tournament with a 23.4 scoring average, tops in the Big Ten and the most for a Big Ten player since Michigan State’s Shawn Respert in 1995 (25.6 PPG). He has set the Purdue single-season (106) and career (252) 3-point records already and is also averaging 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

The junior from Atascocita, Texas, is on pace to become just the fourth player since 1992-93 to score 800 points, make 125 3-pointers, dish out 100 assists and grab 50 steals, joining Davidson’s Stephen Curry (twice), Duke’s Jay Williams and Chicago State’s David Holston.

Edwards recently moved into 10th place on the Purdue career scoring list (1,770) and his 1,770 points are the most for a Purdue player in school history through his junior season.

In 31 games this year, Edwards has scored 724 points, already making him one of five players in school history with multiple 650-point seasons. His 724 points rank seventh on the Purdue single-season list, and his total is the most for a Boilermaker player since Glenn Robinson scored a school-record 1,030 points in 1994.

Edwards was a three-time Big Ten Player of the Week this season and was the Blue Ribbon Yearbook pre-season National Player of the Year. He entered the year as one of just three returning All-Americans in college basketball (North Carolina’s Luke Maye and Virginia’s Kyle Guy).

Edwards and the Boilermakers won their second Big Ten title in three years this past weekend at Northwestern and own a 23-8 overall record while sporting a 16-4 Big Ten mark. Purdue earned the No. 2 seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament and will face either 10th-seeded Penn State or 7th-seeded Minnesota in Friday’s quarterfinals, tipping at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT, in Chicago.