Saturday, September 14, 2013
Scout's take: Edwards to Purdue
By Reggie Rankin
Purdue coach Matt Painter received some good news on Saturday when ESPN 100 small forward Vincent Edwards (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown), ranked No. 83 overall, committed to the Boilermakers over offers from Dayton, Michigan and Xavier.
"I picked Purdue because it feels like home and I am very comfortable here," wrote Edwards via text from Saturday's Notre Dame-Purdue football game.
This is a great pickup for Matt Painter, landing the second-best player from the state of Ohio. Only Ohio State commit Jae'Sean Tate ranks higher.
Why did he pick Purdue? And what will he bring to the Boilermakers? Let's break it down.
Why he committed: With two senior wings starting with leading scorer Terone Johnson and fifth-year transfer Errick Peck departing, Edwards saw an opportunity to contribute as a freshmen. Painter allows his wing players to make plays on the break and with in the halfcourt-motion offense.
What he brings: The four-star Edwards is a talented and versatile wing with a excellent basketball IQ. He is skilled and his passing is a thing of beauty. He has the skill and feel to be a player whom Painter could run his offense through. Edwards could also help at the power forward position if needed, and at 6-foot-7 and about 200 pounds has the size to defend both forward positions as well.
How he fits: Edwards is a very good fit for the Purdue style of play. He will be a playmaker from the wing in the Boilermaker motion offense. His versatility will allow him to create matchup problems and score inside and out. Edwards' ability to pass will be a great asset in an offense with little to no predetermined movement with a variety of cutting and screening actions. He will also be excellent on the glass on both ends. Defensively, Edwards can be depended upon to check both forward positions depending on the lineup and definitely in late-clock switching situations if needed in the Purdue pressure man-to-man.
Who he reminds us of: Edwards' basketball IQ, skill, feel, ability to pass and his overall versatility reminds us of former Michigan state and current Golden State Warrior forward Draymond Green. He is not there yet, but the game similarities are glaring.
How the class is shaping up: Edwards joins another Ohioan in the Boliermaker class of 2014 in SG Dakota Mathias (Elida, Ohio/Elida), who gives the class an excellent shooter to go with the versatile Edwards. Others considering the Boilermakers are C Marlon Jones (Chicago, Ill./Orr), C Alec Brennan (Weston, Mass./Milton Academy), PF Shane Hall (Paintsville, Ky./Johnson Central) and PF Jackson Davis (Lexington, Ky./Lafayette) -- all three-star prospects with great upside and good system fits. So expect Painter to add to a class that is clearly off to an excellent start in talent and skill.