Coach Painter wanted a big in this class and for a long time it looked like that big would be Hunter Dickenson. While that didn’t work out, an interesting option developed late. Today 7’3” Zach Edey officially became a Boilermaker
Welcome to the Purdue family.— Purdue Basketball (@BoilerBall) November 13, 2019
: Toronto, Canada
: 7-3 Center
: Plays at @IMGAcademy (Fla.) pic.twitter.com/57B1AEBW5Q
Edey is listed as a 3-star prospect according to Rivals and 247. His ratings are a bit reserved at the moment because he was originally a 2021 prospect, but like Caleb Swanigan before him, he has reclassified a year earlier. He is playing his final season at IMG Academy in Florida. There is a chance that he could later face off against Jaden Ivey, as both LaLumiere and IMG Academy will take part in the Geico High School Nationals in April as part of the mythical national high school tournament.
By the time Edey gets to Purdue he will be working with a senior big in Matt Haarms, a junior in Trevion Williams, and a redshirt sophomore in Emmanuel Dowuona. He definitely has the size for the Big Ten at 7’3”, 285 pounds. That makes him more of an Isaac Haas type of center as opposed to Haarms. He does have more of an outside shot than Haas, however. It will certainly be interesting to see his development.