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Carsen Edwards Named AP First Team All-American

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It’s the first of many All-America honors for the junior this season.

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Carsen Edwards finished last season with the Jerry West Award for the nation’s top shooting guard and Third Team All-America honors. He will start the 2018-19 season even higher as he was named an First Team All-American by the AP earlier today:

Purdue’s Carsen Edwards was named a preseason first-team All-American by the Associated Press, the organization announced today.

Edwards was the leading vote-getter on the six-person team (extra player because of a tie), appearing on 63 of 65 ballots. He was joined on the first team by North Carolina’s Luke Maye, Duke’s R.J. Barrett, Kansas’ Dedric Lawson, Nevada’s Caleb Martin and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ.

Edwards is Purdue’s first preseason AP All-American since JaJuan Johnson in 2010-11. Maye was second in voting, appearing on 52 of 65 ballots.

Edwards, who was named the preseason National Player of the Year by Blue Ribbon Magazine and the Big Ten’s preseason Player of the Year, earned the nod after an outstanding sophomore season, helping the Boilermakers to a 30-7 overall record and a spot in the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season.

As the top vote-getter he is on a very short list for National Player of the Year, an award a Purdue player has not won since Glenn Robinson in 1994.