The headline on the Celtics’ team website read, “Edwards and Boston’s system are a match made in heaven.”

That cliché aside, after three games in the NBA Summer League, it appears indeed that the Boston Celtics and Purdue All-American Carsen Edwards are an ideal fit.

A good thing, too, since Boston’s top draft pick – former Indiana guard Romeo Langford – is unlikely to step on a court this summer due to his recovery from ligament surgery on his right thumb.

Edwards was averaging 19 points a game in three Boston victories, showing that his mindset is no different in green than it was in gold and black. Which is fine with Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

“Carsen has a chance to impact our team early because he obviously can make tough shots,” Stevens told “He’s done a great job of picking the right ones, and he’s done a great job of picking up full (court defensively) and pressuring the ball.”

Meanwhile, expectations are rising for a couple of Edwards’ former Purdue teammates.

Nojel Eastern was among writer Andy Katz’s five most important players in the Big Ten for the 2019-20 season.

“Eastern’s responsibilities will increase with the departure of Carsen Edwards,” Katz writes. “He’s not a big shot maker and won’t be expected to be one next season. But his versatility on the offensive end and his lock-down defense will increase in importance. Trevion Williams will be a major player for the Boilermakers if he can increase his production. But it’s Eastern’s overall value next season that will be most needed.”

Williams, coming off a strong summer with the 19U United States men’s basketball team, was a surprising inclusion in Katz’s Top 25 college basketball players for 2019-20 list at No. 19, one slot ahead of Michigan State’s Xavier Tillmon.

“Williams will be an anchor for Matt Painter’s Boilermakers,” said Katz, perhaps a double meaning with the 6-9 Williams still weighing in around 270 pounds. “He’s ready for the challenge of taking on even more responsibility at Purdue.”

There’s also some praise for future football Boilermakers coming from Mike Farrell of While Jeff Brohm’s next recruiting class will be unusually small due to just 10 scholarship seniors on the 2019 roster, the group that has committed so far includes four-star running back Tirek Murphy and four-star quarterback Michael Alaimo.

Three-star linebacker commit Ryan Brandt of Angola was cited by Farrell as a recent Big Ten commitment that he likes.

“A local linebacker who has the coverage ability of a safety and projects to be an outside linebacker who can also blitz,” Farrell writes.

As for the current Boilermakers, Athlon Sports is projecting a third consecutive bowl berth under Brohm. This time it’s the Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 4 against Air Force.

Athlon expects a busy bowl season for the Big Ten Conference, starting with Northwestern in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 at Detroit against Wake Forest. Other Big Ten bowl projections include Michigan State (Pinstripe), Iowa (Holiday), Minnesota (Redbox), Nebraska (Citrus), Penn State (Outback), Wisconsin (Gator), Ohio State (Rose) and Michigan to make the College Football Playoff field with Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.