On Friday, Vincent Edwards announced that he would be declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft. However, he has declined to hire an agent, indicating that he still could still return to West Lafayette next season.
Since Edwards arriving on campus, Purdue has achieved a great deal of success. The Boilermakers won 21 or more games in each of the last three seasons, culminating in a Big Ten regular season title and a trip to the Sweet 16 this season. Purdue also went 4-1 against Indiana in that stretch.
As a recruit, Edwards arrived on campus with a fair share of hype. He was rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports and was projected by many to turn into a special player for Purdue. He joined a Purdue recruiting class that was rated No. 31 nationally and No. 5 in the Big Ten by 247Sports.
Edwards has been extremely productive for Purdue over the last the seasons. He played in 33 games as a freshman, averaging 26.9 minutes per game and has only built on that mark. During the last season, he averaged 28.6 minutes, 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game.
Unlike Caleb Swanigan (who also declared earlier this week), most figure that Edwards’ decision will feature far more drama. Edwards is rated as the No. 12 junior in the country, per DraftExpress, giving him a challenging decision over the upcoming weeks.
Edwards has been a special player for Purdue in a special time and now, fans will have to wait to see whether he opts to leave or come back for one more year.