WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Zach Edey capped off one of the most-statistically dominant seasons in college basketball history by winning the final piece of the National Player of the Year awards today, when the Los Angeles Athletic Club and ESPN announced that the Purdue junior center won the Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s today on SportsCenter.
Edey was named the winner of the Wooden Award, becoming the first Canadian to win the Award and the first Purdue player since Glenn Robinson in 1994 to be the recipient.
The most-dominant player in college basketball during the 2022-23 season won all six National Player of the Year awards, the final one being the Wooden Award today. Edey has also won the Naismith Trophy, The Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA), Associated Press (AP) National Player of the Year, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Player of the Year and The Sporting News National Player of the Year. In addition, he has won the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation’s top center.
He has also been named a first-team All-American by every outlet.
Edey becomes the first Boilermaker since Glenn Robinson in 1994 to win National Player of the Year accolades. He is also the fifth Big Ten Player in the last 14 years to be named National Player of the Year joining Evan Turner (2010), Trey Burke (2013), Frank Kaminsky (2015) and Luka Garza (2021) as National Players of the Year.
Edey earned the Wooden Award after one of the most-dominating seasons in college basketball history. He was named a consensus first-team All-American, the second straight season that Purdue has had a consensus All-American (Jaden Ivey, 2022), after averaging 22.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.5 assists per game.
He became the first player in NCAA history (since blocks became an official NCAA stat) to record at least 750 points, 400 rebounds, 70 blocks and 50 assists in a season, ranking sixth nationally in scoring, second in rebounds, 19th in blocked shots and 21st in field goal percentage (.607), the only player in the NCAA database to rank in the top 25 of all four categories in the same season.
He finished the season ranking sixth on Purdue’s single-season chart for points (757), first in rebounds (438), fifth in field goals made (290), 14th in field goal percentage (.607), first in dunks (76) and second in double-doubles (27).
He has scored in double-figures in 51 straight games, the longest streak in the country, and fourth-longest streak in school history.
For his career in 99 games, he has 1,533 points, the fourth most for a player through his junior season in school history (Carsen Edwards, Glenn Robinson, Rick Mount), with 847 rebounds, 148 blocks and 106 assists.
He finished the year with eight games of at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, the most for a major-college player in the last 20 years, and his 11 games of at least 25 points and 10 rebounds are the most for a Big Ten player in the last 20 years by four games over Luka Garza (Iowa; 7). The 438 rebounds are the fourth most by a player in Big Ten history behind three seasons by Ohio State great Jerry Lucas (1960-62).
Edey became just the second player in Big Ten history to lead the league in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage and is one of just nine players (Blake Griffin, Ike Diogu, Antawn Jamison, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, Bill Walton, Lew Alcindor, Gary Bradds) to lead a major-college conference in all three categories in NCAA history. Griffin was the last to do so in 2009.
Edey also earned Big Ten Player of the Year accolades after helping Purdue to a Big Ten regular-season title, a No. 1 national ranking for seven weeks and the Big Ten Tournament title.
Earlier this season, Edey joined an exclusive list of Boilermakers to win the Big Ten Player of the Year honors, joining the late Caleb Swanigan (2017), JaJuan Johnson (2011), Glenn Robinson (1994) and Steve Scheffler (1990) as winners of the league’s top honor.
Edey is the third Boilermaker to receive the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award, joining JaJuan Johnson (2011) and the late Caleb Swanigan (2017) as Purdue recipients. Purdue and Duke are the only institutions to have three Pete Newell Big Man of the Year award winners.
Edey was named a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award and earned a spot on the Big Ten’s All-Defensive team.
ZACH EDEY’S AWARDS WON THIS SEASON (Major awards in Bold)
- Preseason All-America (every publication)
- Preseason All-Big Ten
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list
- Wooden Award watch list
- Phil Knight Legacy MVP
- Big Ten Player of the Week (11-28-22)
- NCAA.com National Player of the Week (11-28-22)
- Big Ten Player of the Week (12-5-22)
- Big Ten Player of the Week (12-12-22)
- Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 (1-4-23)
- Big Ten Player of the Week (1-9-23)
- The Sporting News Midseason All-America 1st Team (1-19-23)
- Midseason watch list for Oscar Robertson Trophy (1-19-23)
- Watch list for Naismith DPOY Award (1-26-23)
- Wooden Award late-season watch list (1-30-23)
- Big Ten Player of the Week (1-30-23)
- Dick Vitale Star of the Week (1-30-23)
- NCAA March Madness Player of the Week (1-30-23)
- Naismith Award National Player of the Week (1-30-23)
- Wooden Award late-season watch list (1-30-23)
- Big Ten Player of the Week (2-6-23)
- Naismith Trophy Player of Year Mids. Team (2-9-23)
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award semifinalist (2-10-23)
- Naismith Def. Player of the Year semifinalist (2-27-23)
- Dick Vitale All-American Team (3-1-23)
- Semifinalist for Big O Trophy (3-2-23)
- College Hoops Today First-Team All-American (3-4-23)
- College Hoops Today National Player of the Year (3-4-23)
- ESPN College Gameday Player of the Year (3-4-23)
- Sporting News First-Team All-American (3-7-23)
- Big Ten Player of the Year; coaches, media, AP (3-7-23)
- First-Team All-Big Ten; coaches, media, AP (3-7-23)
- Big Ten All-Defensive Team (3-7-23)
- Field of 68 First-Team All-American (3-7-23)
- Sporting News National Player of the Year (3-8-23)
- CollegeInsider.com National DPOY Finalist (3-9-23)
- CollegeInsider.com National POY Finalist (3-9-23)
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Finalist (3-10-23)
- Naismith Player of the Year semifinalist (3-10-23)
- Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player (3-12-23)
- USBWA District V Player of the Year (3-14-23)
- NABC First-Team All-District (3-14-23)
- AP First-Team All-American (3-14-23)
- NABC First-Team All-American (3-15-23)
- USBWA First-Team All-American (3-15-23)
- Consensus First-Team All-American (2023)
- Naismith Player of the Year Finalist (3-21-23)
- NABC National Player of the Year (3-28-23)
- NABC Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award (3-28-23)
- CBS Sports National Player of the Year (3-30-23)
- Wooden Award All-American (3-30-23)
- AP National Player of the Year (3-31-23)
- USBWA National Player of the Year (4-1-23)
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award winner (4-1-23)
- Naismith National Player of the Year (4-2-23)
- Wooden Award National Player of the Year (4-4-23)