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Former five-star prospect Justin Edwards signs two-way contract with Philadelphia 76ers

Brady Saylor
Kentucky freshman guard Justin Edwards speaks to reporters during the mens basketball media day press conference on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, at the Joe Craft Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Brady Saylor | Staff

Former Kentucky forward Justin Edwards  signed a two-way contract with the NBA Philadelphia 76ers after going undrafted in the 2024 NBA Draft on Thursday.

A two-way contract indicated that Edwards’ contract will be held by both the 76ers of the NBA and the team’s G-League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats.

Edwards — who was a projected NBA lottery pick in the beginning of the season — didn’t have the campaign most expected him to as he averaged just 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists through 32 games played with an average of 21.5 minutes per game.

Kentucky guard Justin Edwards (1) goes for a windmill dunk during the Kentucky vs Vanderbilt mens basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tennessee. Kentucky won 109-77. Photo by Samuel Colmar | Staff (Samuel Colmar)

The 6-foot, 6-inch Philadelphia native shot 48.6% from the field and 36.5% from beyond the three-point arch while helping at the charity stripe, making 77.6% of his shots.

Throughout the course of the season, Edwards had 14 double-digit point performances with his best game coming at home against Alabama on Feb. 24. In that game, he lit up the Crimson Tide with 28 points, five rebounds and two assists while not missing a shot, going a perfect 10-10 from the field and 4-4 from three. 

In his one-and-done year with the Cats, Edwards showed some positive NBA signs but mixed in some poor performances as well, going 0-6 from the field and 0-3 from three against Kansas in the StateFarm Champions Classic.

After an up-and-down season with Kentucky, Edwards now has the right to a fresh start with the 76ers franchise, joining the likes of former Cat Tyrese Maxey and former NBA MVP Joel Embiid.

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