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Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, Kansas star Dedric Lawson declare for NBA draft

Purdue's Carsen Edwards (3) is defended by Virginia's Kihei Clark (0) during the first half of the men's NCAA Tournament college basketball South Regional final game, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. (Timothy D. Easley / Associated Press)
Purdue's Carsen Edwards (3) is defended by Virginia's Kihei Clark (0) during the first half of the men's NCAA Tournament college basketball South Regional final game, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. (Timothy D. Easley / Associated Press)
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Carsen Edwards heard the comparisons to Steph Curry throughout the NCAA Tournament.

Now he faces the real test – in the NBA.

The 6-foot-1 shooting guard will enter the draft and will hire an agent. He made his announcement Monday on Twitter.

“For as long as I can remember, it has been a dream of mine to play in the NBA. I feel that time is now,” Edwards wrote. “This is the beginning of a new journey and I am thankful for everyone’s support. And I’m ready for the next chapter in my life.”

The college chapter turned out pretty well, too.

In three seasons, Edwards played on two Big Ten regular-season championship teams and was a two-time All-American.

He finishes with 1,920 career points – seventh on the school list – 79 points behind Terry Dischinger, who was named to this year’s National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class last week.

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson, too, will skip his senior year and enter the NBA draft, the latest move in what should be a significant overhaul of the Jayhawks’ roster for next season.

Lawson transferred from Memphis and sat out last season, then led the Big 12 with 19.4 points and 10.3 rebounds this past season. He was voted All-Big 12 and third-team All-American while finishing No. 2 nationally and third in school history with 22 double-doubles.

His brother, K.J. Lawson, already has announced plans to transfer. So has guard Charlie Moore, while center Udoka Azubuike and shooting guard Quentin Grimes have yet to announce whether they will go pro.

Kansas had a disappointing season by its standards, going 26-10 and getting blown out by Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It was the first time in 15 years the Jayhawks did not win a piece of the Big 12 title, which was instead shared by Texas Tech and Kansas State.

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