At last, Purdue has landed the point guard it so desperately coveted.
In Atascocita (Houston, TX) High School’s Carsen Edwards, the Boilermakers have their point guard of the future. Edwards, a high school senior, will be eligible to play at the start of the 2016-2017 college basketball season.
Head Coach Matt Painter and his staff began recruiting Edwards after Indianapolis Tech High School point guard CJ Walker pulled his pledge from Purdue this spring. Because the foreseeable future for the Boilermakers included gigantic question marks at the point guard position, Painter needed to land a floor general for the 2016 recruiting class.
Edwards, who visited Purdue’s campus in June, cited reasons such as a quality education and the chance to play basketball at the next level in the Big Ten Conference as main reasons for selecting the Boilermakers. He will be heavily relied upon to lead the Boilermaker offense from the moment he arrives to West Lafayette. Purdue will need him to be a scorer and facilitator from the lead guard position while creating opportunities for teammates and making them better.
The first commitment in Purdue’s 2016 recruiting haul fills the most pressing need for Coach Painter’s squad. As a result of Jon Octeus’ departure from Purdue, Painter again went the route of a 5th year transfer point guard by landing Johnny Hill from the University of Texas-Arlington. This is a fine addition, but Hill, like Octeus, will only be a Boilermaker for one year. PJ Thompson and Grant Weatherford currently occupy roster spots, but unanswered questions exist as to whether or not either of those players are capable of leading Purdue as the starting point guard at the Big Ten level. Upon Edwards’ arrival to West Lafayette, he will immediately be handed the reins to the Boilermakers’ motion offense.
Carsen Edwards serves as the first domino to fall in Purdue’s 2016 recruiting class. It is imperative that Matt Painter capitalizes and rides the momentum of this commitment by landing more pieces in the form of solid players that will fit Purdue’s culture, along with Edwards.
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