Zach Edey Announces Return to Purdue for Senior Year Instead of Entering 2023 NBA Draft, Named NCAA Player of the Year

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – Purdue basketball fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Zach Edey, the National Player of the Year, announced he will be returning to the Boilermakers for the 2023-24 season.

Edey had declared for the NBA draft earlier this year, but ultimately decided to withdraw and use his final year of eligibility with Purdue. The 7-foot-4 center was a dominant force for the Boilermakers last season, averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds per game.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to play at the next level, but I’m not quite there yet,” Edey said in a statement. “I’m excited to return to Purdue and continue to work on my game while helping our team compete for a championship.”

Edey’s return is a major boost for a Purdue team that made it to the Elite Eight last season and will be looking to compete for a national championship. The team also returns star guard Jaden Ivey, who recently announced his decision to come back for his sophomore year.

Purdue head coach Matt Painter praised Edey’s decision, saying, “Zach is one of the best players in college basketball and we’re thrilled to have him back for another season. He’s a game-changer on both ends of the court and his leadership will be invaluable to our team.”

The Boilermakers will return a strong core of players from last season’s Elite Eight team and will be a preseason favorite to win the Big Ten conference. With Edey and Ivey leading the way, Purdue will have its eyes set on a deep run in the NCAA tournament next year.