"They're both equal right now, honestly," said Edwards of his two top schools, both showing strong interest. "They're the same type of guys, the same people."
When the four-star forward prepares for his college commitment—likely in the fall, he said—the little differences between Purdue and Michigan will make or break his recruitment.
For now, Edwards is searching to find those distinctions. It's an ongoing process built to uncover which program fits him best.
"It's which school I'm most comfortable with, honestly," Edwards said. "Both schools are a good fit for me, I feel."
Purdue has made it known to the Middletown, OH product that he is a priority prospect.
During the high school season, Painter frequently followed Edwards' games. During the spring evaluation period, he didn't miss a minute of Edwards in action. The two speak regularly over the phone and have a strong relationship.
"He checks in on me," said Edwards of Painter. "It's not only basketball, but how my grades are, how my mom is, how my dad is, how my brother is."
Edwards offered praise for Michigan head coach John Beilein, who led his Wolverines to the National Championship game this season. His recruitment remains a dead lock and the two coaches aren't making the decision an easy one.
"Coach Painter and Coach Beilein, they're the same type of coach, the same type of guy," he said. "They recruit the same type of kids and are really good friends. That's what makes them equal.
"It's almost like I'm one of their players right now," he added. "It's like that connection."
It won't be long before Edwards must pick which coach and program he intends to be a player for. That will be no easy task.