Zach Edey - Purdue Boilermakers
Edey should need no introduction and if he does then sorry for you. The 7’4” star is the most dominant force in the game and has been for the last two seasons now. The Boilermakers center isn’t just tall as some suggest. He moves better than any player of his size ever has. He is athletic, can run the floor, and is a fantastic free throw shooter. If he catches the ball in the low block go ahead and just add two points on the board. Edey had one of his most dominant weeks in a long time and wanted everyone to make sure they knew who the reigning player of the year was.
In a win against Indiana, the big man scored 33 points on 11-23 shooting and 11-12 at the line. The Hoosiers were supposed to be a team that could give Edey problems, especially with their size. The big man dominated on the offensive end of the floor and also added 14 rebounds. He won the matchup against the size of Indiana and did it mostly with ease.
After his great game against the Hoosiers, the center wasn’t done. In a win at Iowa, which has been a very tough place to win this year, he scored 30 points on 10-15 shooting and 10-15 from the free throw line. He added 18 rebounds and 4 blocks against the Hawkeyes. That was about as dominating a performance as you could get.
The big man plays for one of the best teams in the country and is the best player in the country. Purdue is on a mission to erase the sour taste in their mouth after losing to Florida Atlantic in the NCAA tournament last year. Edey is likely going to win the National Player of the Year again and when he is playing well Purdue is almost impossible to beat. Congratulations to Edey and the Boilermakers. I can guarantee that Edey will be a winner of this award again this year.