The top-five recruit only had four points and two rebounds on 2/7 shooting while going 0/3 from beyond the arc.
This isn’t anything new. Edwards has had some solid games for Kentucky this year. But coming into the season, he was the top-ranked recruit of this very talented class with expectations through the roof.
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a “Justin Edwards Game” just yet for Kentucky. He’s now been held to single digits in five of his last six games. He’s also been held to 13 points or fewer in 13 of 14 games, with his highest scoring output being 16 on 6/10 shooting vs. Texas A&M Commerce, currently ranked 299th at KenPom.
After the game, John Calipari took the stand and made sure everyone knew that Edwards’ emergence was coming soon enough.
John Calipari on Justin Edwards:— Tristan Pharis (@TristanUda) January 10, 2024
"In a month from now, you will all say, 'Wow, this is what they were talking about.' He's working really, really hard."
It’s really important that this comes true, because while the Cats have been very good offensively without his production, just imagine what that could look like with the Justin Edwards we expected coming into the year as one of the best freshmen in America.
This team has a lot of weapons, which means Edwards has the ability to grow into his role, but as we get closer to NCAA Tournament time, he needs to have his moment.
In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how much leeway he gets in games. He only played 20 minutes tonight, which was the fewest of any starter by nine minutes.
The way John Calipari rushes off the bench to meet Justin Edwards with a smile and 'atta boy'.— Tristan Pharis (@TristanUda) January 10, 2024
Love it. Not another coach in the country that I would want my son to play for. pic.twitter.com/ZJa4110AED