Atascocita High School coach David Martinez joined his program the same year as a freshman point guard named Carsen Edwards.
Martinez saw early on that the smart and talented Edwards had a knack for coming through in big moments. Three years later, he's certain Edwards will succeed at the next level.
"He's a winner," Atascocita coach David Martinez said. "He's going to be a great college student. He's one of those guys who will stay four years and get his education because it's important to him. His parents drive that home.
"The kid knows what he wants. He's a competitor. He wants the ball in his hands. He's not afraid to play against the best competition out there. He plays with a chip on his shoulder."
Purdue badly needed a point guard in its 2016 recruiting class. On Tuesday night, it landed one.
Edwards, of Humble, Texas, verbally committed to Matt Painter's Boilermakers.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Edwards was named Player of the Year by the Houston Chronicle after averaging 23 points, 2.3 assists and 2 steals and leading Atascocita to a 35-2 season. Atascociate was highly ranked in 6A, the largest class of basketball in Texas.
Edwards, who could not be reached for comment, made an official visit to Purdue in June. Last week, he said he came away with good impressions.
"I liked the campus, and it seemed like it has a good fan-base vibe," Edwards said last Thursday. "Its (basketball) facilities are really nice. Everybody's real close and tight-knit. The basketball coaches are close. The engineering department, they know them well."
Edwards' list of offers also included Baylor, Houston, SMU and Vanderbilt. He is ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals, Scout, 24/7 and ESPN.
Edwards had an official visit scheduled for Kansas State later this month. But Martinez believes Purdue's academic offerings, and Edwards' comfort level after that June visit, helped accelerate the decision.
"He knows what he wants academically," Martinez said. "He's aware Purdue has the best engineering program in the country, and that's what he wants to do. I think that had a lot to do with it.
"It's a place he can go in and play big-time basketball and play for a really good coach in coach Painter."
Edwards is, so far, the only member of Purdue's 2016 recruiting class. Indianapolis Tech point guard C.J. Walker committed in October 2014, but backed out of that commitment in March.
Edwards would become only the third Boilermaker from Texas since 1973, joining San Antonio's Keith Edmonson (1982 alum) and Kingwood's Todd Schoettelkotte (1993).