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Edey Tabbed Midseason All-American by The Sporting News

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue junior center Zach Edey was named to The Sporting News’ midseason All-America first team, the organization announced Thursday afternoon. The Sporting News is one of the four organizations used to determine consensus All-America status.

Edey, a 7-foot, 4-inch center from Toronto, is considered the front-runner for the National Player of the Year awards. He currently averages 21.3 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.3 assists per game while shooting over 60.0 percent from the field and almost 75.0 percent from the free throw line – ranking 10th nationally in scoring and second in rebounds. He is also second nationally with 15 double-doubles.

Ending last night against Minnesota, Edey recorded double-doubles in 10 straight games, the third-longest streak in Purdue history behind a pair of legends in the 1960s, Terry Dischinger and Dave Schellhase. Edey also owns a nation’s-best 35 consecutive games scoring in double-figures and owns four 30-10 games this season, ranking behind all-time greats Schellhase, Dischinger and Glenn Robinson in that category.

Based on a 35-game season, Edey will be the only collegiate player in the last 30 years to have recorded at least 750 points, 450 rebounds and 50 blocks in a season.

For his career, he is averaging 27.8 points and 15.4 rebounds per 40 minutes, numbers that are comparable to Shaquille O’Neal (28.3 PPG, 17.8 RPG) and David Robinson (28.5 PPG, 14.0 RPG).

Edey and the No. 3-ranked Boilermakers host Maryland on Sunday in Mackey Arena, beginning at 1 p.m. ET, on FS1. 

 


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