2019 NBA Draft Profile: Carsen Edwards
Carsen Edwards is a dynamic scoring guard who ranked among the most productive guards in the country before going on a historic postseason scoring run to lift Purdue to an Elite 8 appearance. A consensus top-115 prospect in the high school class of 2016 out of Atascocita High School, Edwards emerged as an instant contributor for Matt Painter averaging 10.3 points per game as a true freshman. Averaging 18.5 points per game as a sophomore, the Humble, Texas native took a significant step forward and tested the NBA Draft waters before returning for his junior season. He finished his career on a high note averaging 34.8 points per game in the NCAA Tournament and 24.3 overall to earn Consensus All-American 2nd Team honors and carry Purdue to their first Elite 8 appearance since 2000.
- Has average size for a point guard measured at 6’0.25 in shoes at the Draft Combine, but has an impressive 6’6 wingspan, a strong 199-pound frame. Terrific athlete who can play above the rim on the move and has great quickness and balance creating shots on the perimeter.
- Played one of the biggest roles of any high major player in the country offensively. Was featured extensively in the pick and roll and given plenty of freedom to freelance in one-on-one situations but was also used heavily in designed actions away from the ball as Matt Painter found all sorts of creative ways to keep Edwards involved offensively.
- Gifted shot creator adept at creating separation off the dribble. Got 29% of his possessions come as the ball handler in Pick & Roll situations which he converted for 0.859 points per Pick & Roll possession [68th percentile] making pull-up jump shots with impressive consistency for the volume he attempted. Has sharp footwork, gets great elevation, and has a quick release. Drilled some heavily contest three’s, but offensive burden limited his ability to be opportunistic many nights. Will make the simple play as a passer out of ball screen actions, but looks for his own shot first.
- 12% of his possessions are Spot Ups which he converted for 1.048 point per Spot Up possession [75th percentile]. Dangerous set shooter who relished having a secondary ball handler to allow him to move off the ball for stretches. Made shots off screens at a similarly strong rate showing the ability to get open away from the play and shoot on the move.
- 24% of his shots came in finishing situations in the half court which he converted for 1.007 points per finishing opportunity [32nd percentile] as he can play above the rim in space and find creative ways to finish around defenders, but was not as effective against teams with long, imposing shot blockers.
- Was not asked to make a lot of plays with others. Can make the simple pass in the Pick & Roll and handle pressure, but has room to grow as a facilitator in terms of delivering passes on time and on target more creatively than he did last season.
- Ranked 4th in the ACC in Transition scoring (4.2 ppg)
- Ranked 5th in the ACC in Hand Off scoring (0.9 ppg)
- Solid defender whose 6’6 wingspan allows him to play a bit bigger than his listed height. Makes some scrappy plays, but gets lost off the ball at times. Far more competitive than most guys carrying the offensive load that he does.
- Allowed 0.802 points per Spot Up possession [75th percentile] showing good feet when closing out.