Justin Edwards sets season-high scoring mark

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — No questions surrounding the 2023-24 Kentucky basketball team have lingered longer than the ones centered on Justin Edwards.

When will Edwards, the player considered the crown jewel of theWildcats’ top-ranked freshman class, finally get going? When will he showcase the traits that made some proclaim he could be theNo. 1 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft? Will it ever come to pass?

The longer his spate of forgettable games continued this season, the more doubts crept in — from outsiders, anyway — that Edwards might not live up to the lofty hype that accompanied him when he arrived in Lexington.

He took a small step toward reestablishing himself Tuesday against Vanderbilt, posting a career-high 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting (1 for 3 on 3s) and sinking all six of his free-throw attempts.

Wildcats guards Jordan Burks (23) and Justin Edwards sign a basketball for a fan after UK's victory against host Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.

Edwards, along with five other double-digit scorers, helped No. 15 UK power past Vandy, 109-77, at Memorial Gymnasium.

“We’re trying to get Justin to play a little bit different, and it’s helping him,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “(He’d say), ‘You don’t understand my game.’ (I’d reply), ‘I do. That’s why I’m getting you to just do it this way.’ He’s a difference-maker.”

First appeared on www.courier-journal.com

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