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Zach Edey follows unique path to Purdue

Zach Edey's life is like a movie.

Posted: Apr 14, 2020 10:39 PM
Updated: Apr 14, 2020 10:49 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Zach Edey's life is like a movie.

"I was 6-foot-10 playing recreational league for my first time," Edey said.

Edey's first time playing basketball was less than two years ago.

"Life changes fast," Edey said.

Now the 7-foot-3 Edey is set to join Matt Painter and the Boilermakers.

But about that path:

"I resisted basketball originally," Edey said. "I never really wanted to play when I was younger. I felt like just because I was big everyone wanted me to play basketball so therefore I didn't want to play basketball."

Instead, the Toronto, native grew up playing other sports.

"Hockey is the first calling for any Canadian so I played hockey then I played baseball because my mom and dad played baseball," Edey said.

But Edey's mom and dad only wanted their son to compete in one sport heading into high school. While Edey dropped hockey, he picked up a lot of extra time.

"There was just like this big, long winter that I had nothing to do so my parents were kind of regretting their decision to make me drop a sport," Edey said.

The big man decided to try basketball.

"I loved it," Edey said. "It was so fun. I had a blast. I wanted to go back immediately."

Edey immediately attracted the attention of others. He went from participating in recreational leagues to attending IMG Academy in Florida.

It didn't take long for Edey to give up baseball and commit himself solely to basketball and Purdue.

"It clicked," Edey said. "It felt like I had known them for longer than I did when I went and visited."

Edey only needed one visit to know Purdue was the right school for him.

"All my other visits I usually went out for bowling at the end," Edey said. The other visits only one or two people came from the team, but with Purdue everyone came. There wasn't a single player missing so I knew right then there was a really good team atmosphere."

Edey has reached the end of the path to Purdue. But the camera is still rolling.

"It's just a movie," Edey said. "I'm just along for the ride."

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