Player of the Year Zach Edey withdraws from NBA Draft, will return to Purdue

Zach Edey helped lead Purdue to a pair of Big Ten titles last season and to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament

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

Purdue big man and reigning Player of the Year Zach Edey is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and headed back to the Boilermakers for one last run.

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

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 Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe averaged more rebounds per game in Division I). He had 27 double-doubles, the most in the country.

Edey helped lead Purdue to a Big Ten regular-season title and a conference tournament title last season, which earned the Boilermakers a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. They were knocked out in the first round by No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson.

Along with the Naismith College Player of the Year award, Edey was named The Associated Press’ Player of the Year, the Big Ten Player of the Year and he won the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

While Edey dominated in college last season, his draft stock this summer wasn’t very high. Yahoo Sports' Krysten Peek didn’t have him listed in her latest mock draft. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo had him going No. 47 overall to the Los Angeles Lakers.