There have been 15 Freshman of the Week awards handed out this season by the Big Ten Conference. A Purdue player has now won 7 of them between four different players. It’s quite an accomplishment for this young team. Especially true when you consider that Michigan bluechip recruit Hunter Dickinson won the award 7 times this season. For those doing the math at home that means there was only one week this season where the freshman of the week was not a Purdue player or Hunter Dickinson. It was the week of March 1st and was Andre Curbelo from Illinois.
This week though the award returns back to its rightful home as Zach Edey was the clear choice.
The numbers are just eye popping for Edey this week. Against Wisconsin he played just 18 minutes but scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Against IU he played 21 minutes and scored 20 points and 9 boards. This made Edey the first Purdue freshman since Robbie Hummel in 2008 to have back to back 20 point games. This is Edey’s second freshman of the week honor.
Edey has been growing increasingly confident in his abilities as the season has worn on. Coming into the season after losing Matt Haarms the fear was that Zach Edey would be pushed into a role that he wasn’t prepared for and that Purdue would suffer as a result. Oh how wrong we all were. Edey has stepped up to the plate and more. On the season he is averaging just under 9 ppg and 4.5 rpg. He’s been in double figures in five of the last season games.
Congratulations to Zach Edey on this great accomplishment. He will next be in action along with the rest of the Boilermakers in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.