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Friday, June 22, 2018 12:30 am

Purdue's Edwards picked by Jazz, traded to Rockets

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Former Purdue forward Vincent Edwards was picked in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday. The Utah Jazz originally selected him with the No. 52 overall pick, but he was then traded to the Houston Rockets.

"I'll be a Houston Rocket this coming year! HTOWN!!!!!!" Edwards tweeted. 

Edwards was a four-year starter at Purdue and led the Boilermakers to back-to-back Sweet 16s in his final two years with the Boilermakers. He was part of a class that won the second-most games in the history of the program, racking up 104 victories over four years.

In his final season with the Boilers, the 6-foot-8 forward earned second-team All-Big Ten honors after averaging 14.6 points and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game. 

This is the third straight year Purdue has had a player picked in the draft after not having any selections for three straight drafts. Fort Wayne native and former Homestead standout Caleb Swanigan was picked No. 26 overall by Portland in the 2017 draft and big man AJ Hammons went No. 46 to Dallas in 2016. It's the first time Purdue has had a player picked in three straight drafts since the NBA shrank the selection process to two rounds in 1989. 

Edwards joins a Rockets team that earned the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference in 2017-18 after going 65-17 during the regular season. They fell to eventual champion Golden State in the Western Conference finals, but pushed the Warriors to seven games. Houston did not have a first round pick in Thursday's draft, but picked USC guard De'Anthony Melton earlier in the second round with the 46th overall selection.

dsinn@jg.net