Kentucky men's basketball freshman Justin Edwards declares for the 2024 NBA Draft – Kentucky Kernel


Kentucky men's basketball freshman Justin Edwards declared for the 2024 NBA Draft on Thursday.

He announced the decision via Instagram.

Edwards came to Kentucky as a five-star prospect from Imhotep Institute, a charter school in Philadelphia. He was the No. 3 national recruit and the No. 1 small forward and Penn State.

While he struggled to live up to his hype for most of the season, he came into his own in the back half and finished the game averaging 8.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 48.6% shot on the field.

Edwards culminated in the Cats' stunning win over Alabama, which is currently in the Final Four. He scored 28 points and shot a perfect 10-10 from the field and 4-4 from distance.

In the Cats' first round NCAA Tournament game against Oakland, Edwards scored 10 points, tying Rob Dillingham as the game's leading freshman scorer and the competition's third-leading scorer behind veterans Tre Mitchell and Antonio Reeves.

In his statement, Edwards gave no indication that he is keeping the door open to a return to Lexington. Although he hasn't officially waived college eligibility yet, it looks like he'll be leaving Lexington after just one season, the latest in a long history of one-time players coming through UK.