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Purdue Zach Edey Embraces Zachille ONeal Nickname, Shares Invaluable Advice from Shaq

Shaquille O'Neal gives Purdue's Zach Edey the nickname "Zachille O'Neal" after his impressive NCAA Tournament performance. Edey embraces it.

Zach Edey, the towering 7-foot-4 big man from Purdue, has earned himself a variety of nicknames over the years. From "Big Maple" to now being dubbed "Zachille O'Neal" by none other than Shaquille O'Neal himself. This new moniker was bestowed upon Edey after he made history by being the first player since O'Neal in 1991 and 1992 to achieve at least 20 points and three blocks in three consecutive men's NCAA Tournament games.

Edey, embracing the nickname given to him by the legendary O'Neal, expressed his admiration for the former NBA star and his accomplishments. He welcomed the new moniker with open arms, stating, "If Shaq wants to call me Zachille, I'll take it. I'm Zachille. No argument here." Edey also expressed his respect for O'Neal, acknowledging him as an all-time great player who has achieved everything he aspires to in the NBA.

The meeting between Edey and O'Neal was a memorable one, with Edey expressing his gratitude and honor at finally meeting the basketball icon. He described the interaction as "real cool" and highlighted the significance of having a relationship with O'Neal and being able to seek advice from him. Edey found O'Neal's guidance and wisdom to be "invaluable," drawing from the former player's experiences and insights.

Throughout the NCAA Tournament, Edey has showcased his skills and dominance on the court, putting up impressive numbers reminiscent of O'Neal's playing days. With an average of 28 points and 15.4 rebounds per game in the tournament, Edey has been a force to be reckoned with. As Purdue gears up to face UConn in the national championship game, Edey's performance and connection with O'Neal add an extra layer of excitement and anticipation to the matchup.

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