Philadelphia native Justin Edwards agrees to a two-way contract with the 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia native Justin Edwards is coming home. Edwards agreed to a two-way deal with the 76ers after going undrafted in the 2024 NBA Draft. the team announced on Thursday.

Edwards played one season at the University of Kentucky under head coach John Calipari, who went to the University of Arkansas in April, before the draft is made.

In his only season in Lexington, Kentucky, Edwards played 32 games, 30 of them starts, and averaged 8.8 points and 3.4 rebounds, shooting 48.6% from the field and 36.5% from three-pointers.

Edwards scored a career-high 28 points against the University of Alabama in February, sinking 10 of his 10 field goals. Edwards helped Kentucky to a 23-10 record and a 4th seed in the NCAA Tournament, but the Wildcats lost in the first round to 14th seed Oakland University.

Before Kentucky, Edwards starred at Imhotep Institute Charter High School in Philadelphia, where he was ranked the third-best junior player in the country and a 2023 McDonald's All-American.

Edwards averaged 17.9 points and 7.5 rebounds at nationally ranked Imhotep and helped the team win two consecutive Pennsylvania state championships.

Edward's mother, Ebony Twiggs, played college basketball at Cheyney University in Delaware County and had a professional career in Portugal.

Edwards was signed after the Sixers Duke guard Jared McCain And UCLA Center Adem Bona in the 2024 NBA Draft.