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Carsen Edwards Named Big Ten Player of the Week

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The All-American gets an award after a big week.

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How spoiled are we to have Carsen Edwards? The man dropped 38 points at Penn State on Thursday night and many Purdue fans were like, “Well, duh. It’s Penn State.” Personally, I thought Ryan Cline was more deserving of Big Ten Player of the Week this week. but instead it goes to Carsen:

Edwards, a junior from Atascocita, Texas, was instrumental in the Boilermakers’ victories. He averaged 27.5 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in the two victories. In Thursday’s win over Penn State, Edwards tallied his fifth 30-point game of the season with a 38-point explosion. Edwards tied a Purdue single-game record with eight 3-pointers, including a big four-point play in the overtime session.

Then in Sunday’s win over Minnesota, Edwards overcame a slow start to score 17 points (15 in the second half) with five rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Edwards has scored in double-figures in 42 straight games while ranking fifth nationally in scoring at 24.5 points per game, while also contributing 3.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. He is also among the national leaders in 3-pointers made with 85, good for seventh already on the Purdue single-season list.

It is the fifth time in his career that Carsen has been named as Big Ten Player of the Week and third time this season.

Carsen was also named as a top 10 finalist for the Bob Cousy Award today:

Purdue guard Carsen Edwards has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award given to the nation’s top point guard, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today.

Edwards is seventh nationally among juniors in career points (1,585 points) and third among major-college players. His seven career 30-point games are the sixth most in Purdue history.

This award is presented by he same group that presents the Jerry West Award, given to the nation’s best shooting guard, which Carsen won last year. Jalen Brunson officially won the Cousy Award last season.