Player of the Year Zach Edey withdraws from NBA draft and will return to Purdue

Zach Edey

Zach Edey returns to Purdue for one final season. (Tyler Schank/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Purdue big man and reigning player of the year Zach Edey is retiring from the NBA draft and returning to the Boilermakers for one final run.

Edey announced his decision on Twitter, just hours before the Wednesday night deadline.

The 7-foot-4 center averaged 22.3 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game last season for the Boilermakers, all career highs. Only Oscar Tshiebwe of Kentucky averaged more rebounds per game at the Division-I level. He also had 27 double-doubles during the season, the most in the country.

Edey helped Purdue win both a Big Ten regular season title and a conference tournament title last season, earning the Boilermakers a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They were knocked out in the first round by No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson.

In addition to the Naismith College Player of the Year award, Edey was named Associated Press Player of the Year, Big Ten Player of the Year, and won the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

While Edey dominated at the collegiate level last season, his draft stock this summer wasn’t very high. Yahoo Sport’s Krysten Peek didn’t include it in his latest sim draft. moved him up to 47th overall for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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