WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue men's basketball senior Vincent Edwards was 1-of-20 players named to the watch list for the Julius Erving Award the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today.
A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates, given to the nation's top small forward. This list will be narrowed down to 10 in mid-February and then five finalists will be selected in March that will be presented to Julius Erving and the selection committee. The winner of this award will be presented at the third annual ESPN College Basketball Awards Show live from The Novo in Los Angeles, California, on Friday, April 6.
This marks the fourth year for the award, won by Arizona's Stanley Johnson in 2015, Michigan State's Denzel Valentine in 2016 and Villanova’s Josh Hart in 2017.
Edwards, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward from Middletown, Ohio, was a third-team All-Big Ten honoree a year ago and is Purdue’s leading returning scorer in Big Ten play at 12.7 points per game. He is the only active player in America with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. He is coming off a sensational summer, where he ranked third among all players at the World University Games in scoring while finishing eighth in field goal percentage.
Edwards needs 373 points, 180 rebounds and 98 assists to become the first Purdue player in school history, and just the third Big Ten player since 1992-93, with 1,500 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists in a career.
Edwards, Maryland’s Justin Jackson and Michigan State’s Miles Bridges are the Big Ten representatives on the watch list. Edwards was also on the initial watch list a year ago.
The first chance to see the Boilermakers in action is at Purdue's annual fan day Saturday, Oct. 21, in Mackey Arena. Fans can receive autographs and get pictures with their favorite Boilermakers beginning at 10:45 a.m. ET, and then are invited to stay and watch Purdue's first intrasquad scrimmage of the season.
Purdue is the defending Big Ten champion, posting a 27-8 record a year ago while advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. This year's squad returns six of its top seven scorers, including four seniors that have been a part of 74 wins over the last three years while boasting the best home record in the Big Ten during that span.
Mini plans and single-game tickets are now on sale to the general public. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact the Purdue Athletics Ticket Office at 765.494.3194 or toll-free at 800.497.7678. Fans can also order online at PurdueSports.com.