Zach Edey Reportedly Turns Down NBA Draft Invite to Spend Evening at Purdue

Zach Edey plans to spend the night of the 2024 NBA Draft at Purdue, despite receiving an invitation to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He says he wants to spend the special night with those closest to him.
Purdue Boilermakers center Zach Edey
Purdue Boilermakers center Zach Edey / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Purdue is a special place for Zach Edey. And on NBA Draft night, he wants to spend at least one more evening on campus, celebrating his journey to the next level with those closest to him.

Friday, ESPN's Jonathan Givony reported that Edey was one of the NBA Draft prospects that received an invitation to attend the event, held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Instead, the two-time National Player of the Year has decided to spend the night back at Purdue.

"Purdue center Zach Edey was being invited to attend the NBA Draft, a source told ESPN, but has elected to decline and watch the draft with his teammates, coaches and family at Purdue instead," Givony wrote on X.

After his workout at the NBA Scouting Combine in May, Edey said he would prefer to spend the special evening back in West Lafayette. He wanted to be able to show appreciation to everyone who helped him during his time with the Boilermakers.

"I want to go back to Purdue, actually. Have a little thing there with all my close friends. Obviously my last goodbye, so like everybody at Purdue, all the coaching staff," Edey said.

"And then other people that I would never see again. Like tutors at Purdue that really helped me, staff at Purdue that really helped me. My trainer. I want to say a final goodbye to them. So, I'm gonna do it at Purdue."

Edey cemented his legacy as one of the greatest players in Purdue history during his four-year career with the Boilermakers, particularly in his final two seasons. He left as the program's all-time leading scorer and all-time leading rebounder, totaling 2,516 points and 1,321 boards during his time in West Lafayette.

Edey also led the Boilers to back-to-back Big Ten regular season titles (2023, 2024), a Big Ten Tournament championship (2023) and a Final Four appearance (2024). He was the unanimous National Player of the Year in consecutive seasons, as well.

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