NBA Draft Prospect Carsen Edwards Shines at Sixers Workout
The Philadelphia 76ers season might be over, but the teams' facilities in Camden, New Jersey has been packed with NBA Prospects over the last few weeks. With the 2019 NBA Draft around the corner, the Sixers are looking for their next handful of rookies who can come in and create an instant impact for the team.
On Wednesday, the Sixers hosted another handful of potential draft picks. The group contained Delaware's Eric Carter, Purdue's Carsen Edwards, Fairfield's Jonathan Kasibabu, Buffalo's CJ Massinburg, Michigan's Charles Matthews, and Mississippi State's Quinndary Weatherspoon. While there were a few of the bunch who the front office were going to keep their eyes on, it seems as though Purdue's Carsen Edwards stole the show.
According to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Serena Winters, the Sixers' front office scouts were highly impressed. Sixers' Vice President of Player Personnel Marc Eversley dubbed Edwards as an elite scorer. While he praised Charles Matthews for his defense, Edwards' ability to put on a show on the offensive side of the ball caught the attention of everybody in attendance.
Though Edwards has been slapped with 'undersized' labeled throughout the scouting process, the six-foot-one-inch, 201-pound guard isn't worried about his size. While meeting with reporters following his afternoon workout with the temporary team, Edwards wasn't hesitant to let everybody know that he can make it at the next level despite his size.
"I just want to be a consistent player, I want any team to know that I'm going to give everything that I have every game, and every practice," Edwards told the media on Wednesday. "Honestly, I don't even look at size, if you produce and you do the things you need to help your team win and be productive on the floor then size doesn't matter."
Edwards raises an interesting point, as the Sixers are surely in need of young shooters that are consistently productive. At Purdue, Edwards averaged just over 24 points-per-game, shooting 39-percent from the field, and 35-percent from long range. While the Sixers plan on retaining veterans and adding some new guys through the draft, they definitely have to find a young rookie prospect or two who can come in and offer valuable minutes off of the bench in 2019 and beyond.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for South Jersey's 97.3 ESPN. You can follow Justin on Twitter: @JGrasso_