Purdue's Vincent Edwards latest to declare for NBA Draft, keep possible return on table

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Just like teammates Caleb Swanigan, Purdue guard Vincent Edwards will test the NBA Draft waters.

Edwards, a junior, declared for the NBA Draft on Friday but could still return for his senior season in West Lafayette, taking advantage of rules that allow student-athletes to go through the draft process without hiring an agent and keep their NCAA eligibility intact.

Edwards will be allowed to meet with NBA teams, go through workouts with NBA teams and participate in the NBA combine, gathering information to help make the best decision on whether to stay in school or head to the professional ranks.

Swanigan, Purdue's biggest star and the Big Ten Player of the Year, made the same announcement earlier this week.

Averaging 12.6 points per game, Edwards was a top-25 scorer in the conference during his junior season. He ranked sixth in the league in both 3-point percentage (42.3 percent) and free-throw percentage (83 percent), as well, also ranking in the top 15 in the Big Ten with 3.2 assists per game.

Edwards and Swanigan have the potential to make the reigning conference-champion Boilermakers one of the country's best squads heading into the 2017-18 campaign. Should they both return alongside veterans Dakota Mathias, P.J. Thompson, Ryan Cline and second-year guard Carsen Edwards, the group would figure to be the preseason favorite in the Big Ten and one of the top-ranked teams in the country.

That being said, Swanigan is expected to receive a strong evaluation for the NBA Draft following his sensational sophomore season. He's currently projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick by Draft Express. Edwards is not included in that site's most recent mock draft.

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