Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-2017 Stats: 12.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.2 APG
Why They Are Here
Vincent Edwards has always been a jack of all trades type of player. A solid defender, he does a bit of everything on the court. He has bumped up his scoring a bit each year, while improving his three point percentage by nearly ten percent from freshman year to 42.3% his junior year. Although he was a bit overshadowed by Caleb Swanigan’s tremendous sophomore season, Edwards still played a crucial role on a team that went to the Sweet Sixteen last season.
Role on This Year’s Team
This season is Edwards’ chance to shine for the Boilermakers. After Swanigan departed for the NBA, he left a void on the squad, especially in the rebounding area. Edwards will most likely be the guy to benefit from this most stat-wise, as he has always been active on the boards, especially on the offensive glass. Along with that, this is a chance for Edwards to be more of a vocal leader as he is now an experienced senior who has been to three straight NCAA Tournaments. I expect Vincent Edwards to put together a very good senior year, ending with an appearance on either the First or Second Team All Big Ten.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Edwards has been on NBA Draft radars for a while now, but has mostly projected as a second round or undrafted type of player. I think with a solid senior year Edwards could solidify himself as definite second round guy, with the potential to work himself into first round consideration if he can improve athletically.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.