Zach Edey
Purdue Boilermakers center Zach Edey (15) attempts a shot during the Men's NCAA national championship game against the Connecticut Huskies at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on April 8, 2024.© Joe Rondone/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK

Purdue’s Zach Edey Declares for NBA Draft

After winning back-to-back National Player of the Year awards, Purdue’s Zach Edey has declared for the 2024 NBA Draft. Edey played four seasons for the Boilermakers and reached the NCAA Tournament every year.

Edey’s most memorable season was this past year when the Boilermakers made it to the National Championship. However, they lost to the now back-to-back champions, the UConn Huskies.

Senior Season

Edey improved his game every year. Averaging 25.2 points per game, the best in the nation, he was every team’s worst nightmare. Not only did he score double-digit points in every game, but he averaged a double-double to finish his senior year.

Edey showed up in every big game, whether it was the postseason or a regular-season game. For example, he dropped 40 points against Tennessee in the Elite Eight, 37 against UConn in the National Championship, and 35 against Alabama in the Indy Classic in December.

Junior Season

In his third year, Edey averaged 22.3 points per game. The Boilermakers were set to make another run in the NCAA Tournament. However, the Boilermakers were awarded the No. 1 seed in the East Region.

Purdue would face the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (FDU) in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Knights would go on to defeat Edey and the Boilermakers 63-58. 

Edey scored 21 points and recorded 15 rebounds in the matchup. After that season, Edey entered the NBA Draft, but he decided to return to Purdue for his final season.


  • CBS Sports Player of the Year
  • Naismith College Player of the Year
  • AP National Player of the Year
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year
  • Oscar Robertson Award/USBWA Player of the Year
  • Big Ten Player of the Year; coaches, media, AP
  • All-Big Ten First Team; coaches, media, AP
  • Big Ten All-Defensive Team

All of these awards were earned in his final season at Purdue.

Looking Ahead to the Draft

The NBA Draft will start on June 26 in Brooklyn, New York. ESPN is projecting Edey as a top-20 pick.

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