WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (PURDUE SPORTS)– Purdue rising junior Zach Edey has announced that he will not enter the NBA Draft and return to Purdue for the 2022-23 season, he announced on social media Friday.
There had been speculation of Edey entering the NBA Draft, but he has opted to return to Purdue for his junior season.
The 7-foot, 4-inch center from Toronto was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree and honorable mention All-American (AP) after averaging 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks per game in just 19.0 minutes per game, while leading the Big Ten and ranking third nationally in field goal percentage at 64.8 percent – the fifth-best single-season percentage in school history.
Edey is the only player in the last 30 years to average 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in under 20 minutes per game. In fact, he is one of five players to accomplish that in under 25.0 minutes per game.
Edey recorded 11 double-doubles on the season and was named to the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 15.0 points in wins over North Carolina and Villanova in November. He tallied a career-high 25 points against Michigan State in February and scored 20 or more points in nine games. He will carry a streak of 17 straight games in double-figures into next season.
Edey was at his best against ranked teams. In nine games against ranked squads, Edey averaged 16.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in just 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 60.6 percent from the field.
Purdue is ranked in the top 25 in almost every "Way-Too-Early" Top 25 polls, entering next season.