BRADENTON, Fla. (April 6, 2023) – The IMG Academy Boys Basketball Program saw former student-athlete Zach Edey win three of the most prestigious college basketball awards in 2023 including the John R. Wooden Award, Naismith College Player of the Year Award and the Associated Press Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year Award. Edey becomes the first Wooden Award, Naismith Award and Associated Press Award winner in program history at IMG Academy.
Edey graduated from IMG Academy in 2020 and went onto Purdue University – where the 7’4 junior put forth one of the strongest basketball seasons in NCAA men’s basketball history in 2023. In addition to winning the player of the year awards, Edey received the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award and was named Big Ten Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten Conference, All-Defense Big Ten Conference and was the only unanimous First Team Associated Press All-American. Edey’s average of 22.3 points per game, 12.9 rebounds per game, and 26 doubles-doubles were the most in the country as he helped secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for Purdue. He was the first player in college basketball history to tally at least 750 points, 400 rebounds, 70 blocks and 50 assists.
The Toronto, Ontario, native played at IMG Academy on two different teams from 2018-2020 – including the Boys National basketball team his senior year from 2019-20, and the Boys Blue basketball team his junior year from 2018-19. Edey had a field-goal percentage of 70%, secured 78 rebounds and had 28 blocks his senior season on the Boys National basketball team.
“Zach Edey is the perfect example of how IMG Academy can develop a basketball player and we are incredibly proud of everything he’s accomplished this season at Purdue,” said Brian Nash, Director of Basketball at IMG Academy. “Zach progressed a lot during his time with IMG Academy and to see how he turned himself into the most dominant player in the country this year and cement his own legacy was very special.”
IMG Academy had a Basketball Program-record 20 alumni playing in the NCAA Men’s Tournament this year across 17 different Division I basketball schools.
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IMG Academy is the world's leading sports education brand, providing a holistic education model that empowers student-athletes to win their future, preparing them for college and for life. IMG Academy provides growth opportunities for all student-athletes through an innovative suite of on-campus and online experiences:
- Boarding school and camps, via a state-of-the-art campus in Bradenton, Fla.
- Online coaching via the IMG Academy+ brand, with a focus on personal development through the lens of sport and performance
- Online college recruiting, via the NCSA brand, providing content, tools, coaching and access to a network of 40,000 college coaches
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