After starting award season 5/5 in NPOY awards, it was easy to assume that Zach Edey would win the Wooden Award as well. That assumption came to fruition today as Edey was announced the 2023 John R. Wooden Men’s Player of the Year earlier today.
The 7’4 Junior is the 5th Big Ten player to win the award since 2000, joining Evan Turner, Trey Burke, Frank Kaminsky, and Luka Garza. The last Purdue player to win the award was Glenn Robinson in 1993-94; Robinson also swept all 6 NPOY awards. Zach Edey had previously won the following NPOY awards:
AP National Player of the Year
USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy
NABC Player of the Year
Sporting News Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year