Zeller sets visits, Sampson quotes from the Wolf Challenge, Kyle Kuric talks IU interest

  • 08/14/2007 5:49 pm in

Tyler Zeller– Tyler Zeller has set the dates for his official visits this fall and IU will be the second school that the 6’11” five-star center from Washington has a look at. Here’s a look at the schedule, according to Justin Young of Rivals.com (subscription required):

Zeller’s first trip takes him to North Carolina on Sept. 15. The following weekend, he’s off to Indiana. On Oct. 12, the five-star center will visit Notre Dame. His final visit comes on Oct. 19, when he’ll visit Purdue.

With the schools all on an equal playing field going into the visits, Zeller says he is hoping to get that “this is the place” feeling during the trips.

I said before that it’d be pivotal for IU to get either the Midnight Madness visit or the final visit and they came up empty on both. After seeing this schedule, I’m a lot less optimistic about our chances to land Zeller, but stranger things have happened.

This will be interesting to follow over the next couple of months. I’m interested in hearing where you guys, the readers, think Zeller will end up.

– As you know, Kelvin Sampson participated in Fuzzy Zoeller’s Wolf Challenge yesterday and he had a few quotes about the incoming recruiting class. Here’s a few of the more notable quotations, courtesy of Rick Bozich of the Louisville Courier-Journal:

“We should be better across the board,” Sampson said. “I love E.J. (Gordon), but Jordan Crawford (another freshman) is going to surprise people. He can really play. So can Brandon McGhee.

“All those kids can help us. We’ve got more guys who can help make us more of an attacking team. We should be able to get more baskets and get to the free-throw line more.”

Besides the quotes, the article is a very solid commentary on Sampson’s golf game and the return of Dan Dakich to IU.

– And finally, Hoosier Hills Hoops has a Q & A with Evansville Memorial senior-to-be Kyle Kuric that’s worth a look. Kuric talks about his interest in IU towards the end of his talk with Matt Denison.

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  • Zach

    I can’t see Zeller not going to Purdue with the way he scheduled his visits.

  • Zach

    I can’t see Zeller not going to Purdue with the way he scheduled his visits.

  • kelin

    I thought Oct. 12 was midnight madness. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe you guys know more than me, but Zeller just does not move me that much and he does not seem to be any different than his brother. A tall tweener post. If IU is going to get a POST player then I want a POST player. Zeller gives me the Ben Allen impression. If we get em’ great if not ok too. I like garcia from ECC more than zeller. I know zeller is an Indiana kid but I like the kids from 09′ class more…Byrd and Van Trese

  • kelin

    I thought Oct. 12 was midnight madness. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe you guys know more than me, but Zeller just does not move me that much and he does not seem to be any different than his brother. A tall tweener post. If IU is going to get a POST player then I want a POST player. Zeller gives me the Ben Allen impression. If we get em’ great if not ok too. I like garcia from ECC more than zeller. I know zeller is an Indiana kid but I like the kids from 09′ class more…Byrd and Van Trese

  • kelin

    I thought Oct. 12 was midnight madness. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe you guys know more than me, but Zeller just does not move me that much and he does not seem to be any different than his brother. A tall tweener post. If IU is going to get a POST player then I want a POST player. Zeller gives me the Ben Allen impression. If we get em’ great if not ok too. I like garcia from ECC more than zeller. I know zeller is an Indiana kid but I like the kids from 09′ class more…Byrd and Van Trese

  • kelin

    I thought Oct. 12 was midnight madness. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe you guys know more than me, but Zeller just does not move me that much and he does not seem to be any different than his brother. A tall tweener post. If IU is going to get a POST player then I want a POST player. Zeller gives me the Ben Allen impression. If we get em’ great if not ok too. I like garcia from ECC more than zeller. I know zeller is an Indiana kid but I like the kids from 09′ class more…Byrd and Van Trese

  • kelin

    I thought Oct. 12 was midnight madness. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe you guys know more than me, but Zeller just does not move me that much and he does not seem to be any different than his brother. A tall tweener post. If IU is going to get a POST player then I want a POST player. Zeller gives me the Ben Allen impression. If we get em’ great if not ok too. I like garcia from ECC more than zeller. I know zeller is an Indiana kid but I like the kids from 09′ class more…Byrd and Van Trese

  • One thing that could help IU is if Matt Roth commits to IU. Bud Mackey, Matt Roth, and Tyler Zeller played on the same AAU team in July and some of August so I would not count out IU yet.

    I still think we have a good chance to get him. As long as Zeller is not a boilermaker I will be happy. I think Zeller will go to UNC.

  • One thing that could help IU is if Matt Roth commits to IU. Bud Mackey, Matt Roth, and Tyler Zeller played on the same AAU team in July and some of August so I would not count out IU yet.

    I still think we have a good chance to get him. As long as Zeller is not a boilermaker I will be happy. I think Zeller will go to UNC.

  • kelin

    I agree if we didn’t get him fine, but as long as PU doesn’t either. The PU game this year is going to be AWESOME, I hope we pound them by 40

  • kelin

    I agree if we didn’t get him fine, but as long as PU doesn’t either. The PU game this year is going to be AWESOME, I hope we pound them by 40

  • river

    good point kelin..

    when exactly is midnight madness?? it’s always around that time in october.. anyone know the official date?

  • river

    good point kelin..

    when exactly is midnight madness?? it’s always around that time in october.. anyone know the official date?

  • river

    good point kelin..

    when exactly is midnight madness?? it’s always around that time in october.. anyone know the official date?

  • river

    good point kelin..

    when exactly is midnight madness?? it’s always around that time in october.. anyone know the official date?

  • river

    good point kelin..

    when exactly is midnight madness?? it’s always around that time in october.. anyone know the official date?

  • Big A

    I believe Midnight Madness is October 12th. He’ll be at Notre Dame that weekend.

  • Big A

    I believe Midnight Madness is October 12th. He’ll be at Notre Dame that weekend.

  • Jack Schneider

    I doubt the timing of Zeller’s official visits will be significant in his choice of school. He’s a very intelligent person who will weigh all of the factors. Being present at Midnight Madness might make him feel good but likely wouldn’t sway him. He even said he would wait for a week or two after his last visit before making a decision because he didn’t want emotion to figure into his choice. That tells me visiting Purdue last won’t be significant. I believe IU has a good chance to get him in large part because he’ll understand what a great program Kelvin Sampson is building in his home state and he’ll want to be a part of it.

  • Jack Schneider

    I doubt the timing of Zeller’s official visits will be significant in his choice of school. He’s a very intelligent person who will weigh all of the factors. Being present at Midnight Madness might make him feel good but likely wouldn’t sway him. He even said he would wait for a week or two after his last visit before making a decision because he didn’t want emotion to figure into his choice. That tells me visiting Purdue last won’t be significant. I believe IU has a good chance to get him in large part because he’ll understand what a great program Kelvin Sampson is building in his home state and he’ll want to be a part of it.

  • Jack Schneider

    Oh, I forgot to add that I’m impressed by the great job you’re doing with your blogs. You’re on top of everything relative to Hoosier hoops. Keep up the good work.

  • Jack Schneider

    Oh, I forgot to add that I’m impressed by the great job you’re doing with your blogs. You’re on top of everything relative to Hoosier hoops. Keep up the good work.

  • Jack Schneider

    Oh, I forgot to add that I’m impressed by the great job you’re doing with your blogs. You’re on top of everything relative to Hoosier hoops. Keep up the good work.

  • Jack Schneider

    Oh, I forgot to add that I’m impressed by the great job you’re doing with your blogs. You’re on top of everything relative to Hoosier hoops. Keep up the good work.