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Purdue Basketball Recruiting: Zach Edey

Purdue goes beyond the great northern wall and brings back a giant (via Florida)!

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Zach Edey, a 7’3, 220 pound, 3* center, originally from Toronto, Canada and currently hailing from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The Boilermakers beat out Baylor and Santa Clara for Edey’s commitment.

Matt Painter was looking to fill out the 2020 class with a big man, and they don’t get much bigger than Edey. Coming in at 7’3, with a 7’7 wingspan and a size 20 shoe, the towering Torontonian should quench Matt Painters thirst for gargantuan centers for the time being. It will also give announcers a chance to dust off their Haas shoe stories, which took up at least a quarter of every Purdue broadcast during Hass’s tenure with the Boilermakers.

I’m working from limited sources, but from the film I’ve seen, Edey moves well and has a smooth release on his shot. Finishing his high school career at IMG should only further his development. He’ll need to pack weight onto his frame, but he doesn’t look like a “project” in terms of skill. I see him as a bit of a Haas/Haarms hybrid. He looks to have more of Haarms explosiveness, but appears to be a more post oriented big man like Haas.

Depending on what Haarms does in the off-season, I see Edey as a red shirt possibility while he continues to fill out his frame, but that’s a luxury Purdue can afford with their current center depth chart.

Let’s all welcome our large Canadian son.