Vince Edwards was the only Purdue Basketball player selected in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night, drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 52nd overall pick. Shortly after, it was announced that Edwards would be traded to the Houston Rockets in a deal where the Jazz picked the player Houston wanted.
After a tremendous four-year career at Purdue sharing great memories with Boilermakers fans, Edwards’ dream has finally become true to play in the NBA. There was a chance that dream would become a reality following his Junior season when Edwards declared for the Draft, but ultimately decided to stay at Purdue which only helped his draft stock.
Edwards averaged 14.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 39.8 percent from three-point range as a Senior. He most notably was a Second Team, All-Big Ten selection after finishing his Purdue career with 1,638 points and the second most starts in Boilermakers history.
Along with his other three fellow Seniors, the legacy Edwards made with Purdue was incredible. This past year with the deep NCAA Tourney run and Big Ten Tournament runner-up, was something special for Edwards and the Purdue Basketball team. They had one of the best Matt Painter-era teams finishing 30-7 just short of the Elite Eight. It was, unfortunately, time to move on for Edwards as he was a Senior and prepare for the NBA draft.
After injuring an ankle in early NBA draft workouts, Vince Edwards draft stock was in question. Luckily, the Rockets made the smart choice and took Edwards based on his skills on and off the court. As a late second-round pick, Edwards finally makes it to the NBA. Now while he’s not current teammates with them, Caleb Swanigan and E’Twaun Moore are the two current Purdue Alumni in the league. Edwards played alongside Swanigan for two years.
Purdue fans will miss Vince Edwards, but he made us #BoilerProud.