After making significant improvement between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Fuquan Edwin again made another notable jump in production as a junior, setting the stage for an important senior year which could see him emerge as a strong candidate to get drafted this upcoming June.
Edwin's usage rate jumped from 20 to 28% last season, becoming the go-to guy on a talent-starved and injury-riddled Seton Hall roster that went just 3-15 in the Big East.
Despite the increase in responsibility, Edwin's offensive efficiency impressively remained nearly identical, as he shot the ball exceptionally well from beyond the arcnearly 43%--and was able to get to the free throw line at a very solid rate.
A marginal outside shooter coming into college, Edwin has improved by leaps and bounds in this area the past two years, becoming arguably one of the top shooters in the Big East despite his team possessing little in the ways of ball-handling or shot-creation ability. Extremely reliable with his feet set, Edwin can come off screens effectively and has a shot that is difficult to contest due to how high his release point is.
His shooting mechanics are unconventional, he flings the ball at the basket from over his head with no follow-through whatsoeverleading to some very bad misses at timesbut it's difficult to argue with the results at the college level, even if it remains to be seen how his stroke will translate to the longer NBA line.
Edwin is almost strictly a catch and shoot guy, he rarely pulls up in the mid-range area, and that's probably a good thing considering how much his efficiency plummeted in off the dribble situationsfrom 43% with his feet set to 24% otherwise according to Synergy Sports Technology.
Despite having a quick first step, Edwin struggles to create his own shot effectively in the half-court, as his ball-handling skills are crude and he prefers not to dribble or finish with his left hand. Not an overly skilled player, he doesn't have great touch around the baskethe converts just 49% of his attempts inside the paint, as he's often out of control by the time he gets to the rim. He improved his shooting from the free throw line last season, from 63 to 67%, but can still get better here as well, as that's not a great rate for a wing.
Although he's not particularly skilled, Edwin is not a selfish player, as he willingly makes the extra pass and nearly doubled his assist rate last season. He still turns the ball over a little too often, but it's important to note that he played on one of the most turnover prone teams in college basketball last seasona team that coughed the ball up on nearly a quarter of their possessions in Big East play, making him one of their most reliable ball-handlers.
Where Edwin continues to excel is on the defensive end of the floor. Seton Hall plays a very ineffective 2-3 zone defense due to their lack of size and depth, which is not really ideal for NBA teams to evaluate, but Edwin's ability here regularly shines through nevertheless. His long arms, terrific quickness, high intensity level and amazing anticipation skills make him an absolute terror in the passing lanes, as his 2.9 steals per-40 minutes ranked third best among all top-100 prospects, even though that was down from an amazing 3.6 the year before.
Edwin's footspeed allows him to cover huge amounts of ground and absolutely wreak havoc on opposing guards. He gets over the top of screens with ease and regularly picks opponents' pockets in the backcourt, coming up with tons of easy baskets by virtue of his hustle and the way he just seem to naturally gravitate towards the ball. He's also a solid rebounder for a wing and will come up with an occasional block from time to time as well.
Edwin embodies a lot of the things you like to see in a role playing NBA swingman, as he shows outstanding potential defensively, is a team player who does not need the ball to effective, and is a very good outside shooter with his feet set. Being on a losing team that plays zone almost exclusively won't do him too many favors unfortunately, but Seton Hall returns most of their core, which will likely help in a weakened Big East, and Edwin should have plenty of chances to show NBA talent evaluators his potential against solid competition night in and night out.