‘It’s the same game…’ - Zach Edey is confident of making impact in NBA

Basketball: For all he's achieved at Purdue over the last four years, Zach Edey recognises that there are some major doubts about his game  almost as enormous as his 7-foot-4 stature.

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For all he's achieved at Purdue over the last four years, Zach Edey recognises that there are some major doubts about his game  almost as enormous as his 7-foot-4 stature. Though he was named national Player of the Year the previous two seasons and led the Boilermakers to the title game this year, he is regarded as a slow-footed defender who cannot spread the floor on attack either.

Those are two major knocks against him as he prepares to enter the NBA. He also wants to make it obvious that his game is more than just what you see on camera. As per News 18 Edey stated this week at the NBA draft combine,"I'm the college player of the year, but I'm going to the NBA." "You have to leave all that behind. "I have to re-establish myself."

Edey's back-to-basket style is reminiscent of the past. However, he is entering a league that values 3-point shooting and perimeter play, and big guys must be fast on their feet and capable of shooting and defending away from the hoop.

Edey scored more over 2,500 points at Purdue

Zach Edey was also sure that his game is more than just what he displayed in college. He insisted on his ability to score from the perimeter, despite the fact that he made only one 3-pointer in two attempts at Purdue. He had the opportunity to demonstrate more of his abilities during drills on Monday.

According to News 18, “It’s basketball,” Edey said. “It’s the same game I’ve been playing for six years. It’s just better athletes, stronger people, taller people. But it’s just basketball. Rebounds are still important. Blocked shots are still important. Boxing out is still important. All those things are so important. I think people kind of undervalue those things.”

Edey scored more over 2,500 points at Purdue, beating Rick Mount's 54-year school record. He had almost 1,300 rebounds, surpassing Joe Barry Carroll's 44-year-old record. His jersey is hanging from the rafters. Despite his wins, there are still many questions.

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