For the seventh time in his career Zach Edey earned the Big Ten Player of the Week. While that’s a lot of times to win the award it still feels like it should be more doesn’t it?
In the Maui Invitational Zach Edey and the Boilermakers played three games in three days against #11 Gonzaga, #7 Tennessee, and #4 Marquette. These victories, and a timely loss by Kansas, propelled Purdue to the #1 ranking for the third season in a row. During those victories in Maui Edey averaged 25.3 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game.
In case you’re curious, and I know I was, this ties Edey with Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson for the most Big Ten Player of the Week honors ever by a Purdue player. There are just two players ahead of him in conference history. Those players? Evan Turner with eight and Cassius Winston who seems to also have eight but I can’t find a definitive number like I could for Turner. It seems all but academic that Edey will surpass this number as the season progresses. The biggest competitor for the award might be his teammate Braden Smith.
Edey is back in action tonight as Purdue takes on Texas Southern at 8:30 eastern on BTN back in Mackey Arena.