On Wednesday morning, multiple reports surfaced that Vincent Edwards would be foregoing the 2017 NBA Draft and returning to the Purdue Boilermakers. This is huge news for a Boilermaker team coming off a regular season Big Ten title.
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.
With Edwards back in the fold, Purdue has put itself in great position for next season. Isaac Haas already announced that he would be returning to Purdue earlier this week and between Edwards and Haas, that’s a really nice frontcourt group. Add in a few nice pieces between both and that’s a great group.
And while the drama will now turn to Caleb Swanigan’s decision, Boilermaker fans should feel really good about where the team sits entering next season.