Purdue small forward Vince Edwards has decided to enter his name in the 2017 NBA draft pool, according to an announcement from the school. Edwards won’t hire an agent immediately, giving him the opportunity to withdraw his name before the May 24 deadline and return to the Boilermakers for his senior year.
Edwards, who also tested the draft waters a year ago before eventually heading back to Purdue, enjoyed a solid junior season in 2016/17, averaging 12.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 3.2 APG, with career-high shooting percentages of .486/.423/.820. Although he was somewhat overshadowed by teammate Caleb Swanigan, who declared for the draft this week too, Edwards is considered a solid prospect in his own right.
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress and Chad Ford of ESPN.com both have Edwards on their top 100 lists, with the 21-year-old coming in at No. 87 on DraftExpress and No. 98 on ESPN. According to Ford, Edwards will be on the second-round bubble if he remains in the draft, with a solid showing in this year’s NCAA tournament helping to boost his stock a little.
Our full list of early entrants for the 2017 NBA draft can be found right here.