On Friday in Los Angeles, Carsen Edwards of the Purdue Boilermakers was named as the winner of the prestigious 2018 Jerry West Award. The award is giving to the nation’s top shooting guard and Edwards beat out a number of worthy contenders this year.
Edwards was one of the best players in the Big Ten this season, averaging 18.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. He was also fantastic from long range, shooting 40.6 percent from three-point range this season. Notably, Edwards scored more than 25 points in five of the team’s final nine games this season.
Other players competing for the award on Friday were Boston College’s Jerome Robinson, Creighton’s Marcus Foster, Duke’s Grayson Allen, and Oakland’s Kendrick Nunn. An extremely talented group of players that put up some impressive numbers this season.
This is the first time that Purdue has won a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame position award, despite having AJ Hammons and Caleb Swanigan as finalists in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Thus, it’s easy to see why this is a huge development for the Boilermakers and the program moving forward into the seasons to come.
Purdue may not have finished the season the way many would have liked, but it was still a fantastic year for the Boilermakers and this award helps to show that. Edwards was a superb player on a really good team and, as such, he has now won one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.