Zach Edey discusses future plans after Purdue's season ends in NCAA Tournament
Zach Edey did not want to discuss his basketball future in the postgame press conference following Purdue’s stunning loss to Fairleigh Dickinson.
“I have no opinion on that,” Edey said when asked about potentially returning to Purdue for another season. “I’ll make my decision going forward.”
In the locker room, however, Edey opened up about his big decision.
“I want to come back and I want to go to war with them, but at the end of the day I have to make the best decision for me,” Edey told reporters, per Sam King of the Lafayette Journal & Courier. “I have no idea how long my career is going to last. I have no idea what’s going to happen in my future.”
Edey acknowledged the financial consideration. As much as he loves Purdue, he has to consider starting his NBA career.
“If there was no money involved, I would come back to Purdue in a heartbeat,” Edey said, per King. “It’d be a no brainer. This is my favorite locker room I’ve ever been in. Ever. Any sport I’ve been in. Baseball. Hockey. Basketball. Any team. High school. AAU. Club team.
“It’s my favorite locker room I’ve ever been in.”
Purdue coach Matt Painter said Edey has a strong support system in place to help him with the decision.
“He’s a level-headed guy,” Painter said of Edey in his postgame press conference. “He’ll take the information in and make a decision and do what’s best for him. …
“But it’s not me. His parents are great. The people around him are great. He’s a good dude. It’s too bad. He deserves better than this. He deserves better.”
Edey was named Big Ten Player of the Year for a phenomenal junior season in which he averaged a double-double of 22.3 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. An All-American, Edey is considered a leading candidate for national Player of the Year honors. Current NBA Draft projections have Edey going after the first round, per Sporting News.
The college basketball world will be closely watching to see if Edey seeks a better finish at Purdue or decides to begin his professional career.