What we know about Zach Edey's parents and ethnicity

Joshua Rogers January 16, 2023
What we know about Zach Edey's parents and ethnicity
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Here’s everything we know about Purdue star Zach Edey’s parents and ethnicity following his recent performance versus Michigan State.

Zach Edey is a college basketball player for the Purdue Boilermakers of the Big Ten Conference. He recently played against Michigan State and finished with a career-high 32 points with 17 rebounds.

Edey also hitting a layup with 2.2 seconds remaining to ensure the 64-63 victory. During the game, fans wanted to know more about his personal life.

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Zach Edey’s parents and nationality

The young basketball star was born on 14 May 2002 in Toronto, Canada. Zac Edey’s parents are Julia and Glen Edey. The 7ft 4in center is Canadian by nationality but also has Chinese ethnicity. His mother Julia, who is on Instagram @beejules21, has Chinese heritage.

Edey weighs 295lbs and is one of the most recognisable players in college basketball today.

Edey’s college career so far

Growing up, Zach played hockey and baseball until picking up basketball before his junior year at Leaside High School in Toronto. He eventually committed to Purdue and appeared in all 28 games in 2020-21 with two starts.

As a freshman he averaged 8.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, earning Big Ten All-Freshman Team honours. He was one of three freshmen nationally – alongside Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson and USC’s Evan Mobley – to average eight points and four rebounds, block 30 shots and shoot at least 57.5 per cent from the field.

That season, Edey recorded his first career double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots against Northwestern.

National team and social media

Edey played for Team Canada at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Latvia. He won a bronze medal with the team and averaged 15.1 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. He was also named in the FIBA World Cup All-Star 5 Team. 

His 14.1 rebounds per game in the tournament are the third most by a player in the U19 World Cup since rebounds started being tracked in 1999.

Zach Edey is on Instagram @zach_edey.

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.