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Zach Edey Named To Mid-Season Wooden Watch List

The reigning NPOY is back at it again

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The mid-season Top 25 watch list for the Wooden Award was announced Wednesday and not to anybody’s surprise, Zach Edey had been named. Edey has been the front runner for the award after bringing home the Wooden trophy last season. If selected, he would join Ralph Sampson (Virginia) and Glenn Robinson as the only players to win it in back-to-back seasons.

After a dominate performance his junior year, the Big Maple is back controlling the stat sheets. He’s averaging 21.8 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game and 2.25 blocks per game, which is a tad lower from his averages last year, but we still have a lot of ball games left. Edey has scored in double figures in every game this season and is currently on a 66-game streak into last year of scoring in double figures. He’s garnered 9 double-doubles and is leading the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding.

He recently became the second player in school history to rack up 1,000 career rebounds along with Joe Barry Carroll. He is 135 rebounds and 441 points away from being the leading scorer and rebounder at Purdue. Right now, Purdue is guaranteed 17 more games at least and that would be if they lost in the first round of the BTT and NCAA tournament; so potentially Edey could land as the best scorer/rebounder at Purdue if he averaged 25.9 points and 7.9 rebounds for the remainder of the games. Now hopefully Purdue does a little better than that in the post-season so his averages could come down some. Passing Rick Mount in the scoring category may be a tall feat but he has a good chance at going down as the top rebounder in Purdue history.

Other players listed on the watch list were; Max Abmas (Texas), Armando Bacot (North Carolina), L.J. Cryer (Houston), Johnell Davis (Florida Atlantic), Hunter Dickinson (Kansas), Kyke Filipowski (Duke), P.J. Hall (Clemson), David Jones (Memphis), Dalton Knecht (Tennessee), Tyler Kolek (Marquette), Jaedon Ledee (San Diego State), Caleb Love (Arizona), Kevin McCullar Jr. (Kansas), Tristan Newton (UConn), Antonio Reeves (Kentucky), Baylor Scheierman (Creighton), Mark Sears (Alabama), Reed Sheppard (Kentucky), KJ Simpson (Colorado), Isaiah Stevens (Colorado State), Wade Taylor IV (Texas A&M), Tyson Walker (MSU), and Ja’Kobe Walter (Baylor).

If you are a betting person, Draft Kings currently has Edey favored to win the award -300, Hunter Dickinson trailing behind at +1000 and Kyle Filipowski at +2500.