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Friday, April 06, 2018 10:30 pm

Purdue's Carsen Edwards wins Jerry West Award

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Purdue sophomore Carsen Edwards won the Jerry West Award as the nation's top shooting guard at the College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on Friday. 

Edwards was not on the original list of 20 players to watch for the award when it was released in October, but worked his way into the semifinal group of 10 in February. The other finalists for the award were Duke's Grayson Allen, Oakland's Kendrick Nunn, Creighton's Marcus Foster and Boston College's Jerome Robinson.

This is the fourth year the award has been handed out and Edwards becomes the second Big Ten player to win it after Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell was honored in 2015, the award's inaugural year. Buddy Hield of Oklahoma won the award in 2016 and Malik Monk of Kentucky took it last season.

Boilermaker center Isaac Haas was also a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, given to the nation's best center, but that distinction went to Angel Delgado of Seton Hall. Haas and Edwards were the third and fourth finalists Purdue has sent to the positional awards after AJ Hammons in 2016 and Caleb Swanigan last season.

The award is the last in a string of honors for Edwards this season. He was also named a second-team All-American by the NABC in March and a third-team honoree by the Associated Press and the Sporting News. He was a first-team All-Big Ten performer after averaging a team-best 18.5 points per game.