Report: Tyler Zeller will choose North Carolina

  • 11/04/2007 10:37 pm in

ponderosa.jpgAs a few commenters have pointed out and as Peegs.com is apparently reporting via their premium message board, Tyler Zeller looks to be headed to North Carolina. We all probably know by now that he’s set to make his official announcement at a Ponderosa in Washington, Ind., tomorrow afternoon, but it looks like Peegs got out ahead of this one.

Personally, I always thought the Tar Heels were the front runner here, so this isn’t much of a surprise. And UNC has scooped up a few stellar Indiana natives in the past, most notably Sean May and Eric Montross. It would have been nice to have the No. 22 ranked recruit in the class of 2008, but so it goes in recruiting. You can’t get all the big boys all the time.

So barring some unforeseen twist tomorrow afternoon, it looks like we won’t be seeing Zeller in cream and crimson. But hey, at least we have Jordan Crawford, right?

(Editor’s Note: Chris Korman of the Herald Times has confirmed that Zeller will announce for North Carolina.)

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  • Can’t say I’m surprised by this. I’m just glad he didn’t chose Purdue. My real question is…and we’ll probably never know the real answer because Zeller will downplay it…what effect did the sanctions have on his decision?

  • Can’t say I’m surprised by this. I’m just glad he didn’t chose Purdue. My real question is…and we’ll probably never know the real answer because Zeller will downplay it…what effect did the sanctions have on his decision?

  • Luke

    I agree he did’t pick purdue so I won’t have to hate him for the next four years. Good luck Tyler.

  • Luke

    I agree he did’t pick purdue so I won’t have to hate him for the next four years. Good luck Tyler.

  • Luke

    I agree he did’t pick purdue so I won’t have to hate him for the next four years. Good luck Tyler.

  • kelin

    I think the sanctions didn’t hurt as bad cause I really think he saw more in NC than anywhere else. I am sur Roy sold him on the development the other Tyler they currently have so good luck to the kid. I wonder where the recruiting turns now….no TZ and if K.Jones decides no…do we shut it down and save the scholly?

    At least we have Jordan Crawford…damn he is good….not to look ahead at some point in the near future, Jordan Crawford will drive the lane and kick it out to Matt Roth for a three!

  • kelin

    I think the sanctions didn’t hurt as bad cause I really think he saw more in NC than anywhere else. I am sur Roy sold him on the development the other Tyler they currently have so good luck to the kid. I wonder where the recruiting turns now….no TZ and if K.Jones decides no…do we shut it down and save the scholly?

    At least we have Jordan Crawford…damn he is good….not to look ahead at some point in the near future, Jordan Crawford will drive the lane and kick it out to Matt Roth for a three!

  • Zach

    From my understanding the sanctions played a big part in his decision; we were the front runner until that happened.

    However, I’m okay with him not coming here, since he didn’t choose Purdue. Best of luck TZ.

  • Zach

    From my understanding the sanctions played a big part in his decision; we were the front runner until that happened.

    However, I’m okay with him not coming here, since he didn’t choose Purdue. Best of luck TZ.

  • Anonymous

    I am shocked he didn’t pick Purdue. He would have fit in perfectly with what they are trying to build there. I wish him the best of luck in NC. I hope he sees some playing time there.

  • Paulo

    I am shocked he didn’t pick Purdue. He would have fit in perfectly with what they are trying to build there. I wish him the best of luck in NC. I hope he sees some playing time there.

  • Newt

    You all do know who started at center for North Carolina when they won their 2 National Championships?: Sean May and Eric Montross. What state are they from?

  • Newt

    You all do know who started at center for North Carolina when they won their 2 National Championships?: Sean May and Eric Montross. What state are they from?

  • jaime gongora

    I live in chapel hill and going to school hear. People don’t leave me alone. jerks

  • jaime gongora

    I live in chapel hill and going to school hear. People don’t leave me alone. jerks

  • IUFan

    I’m so glad he’s not going to Purdue. He’ll do well at UNC. Good thing they’re not in the Big Ten.

  • IUFan

    I’m so glad he’s not going to Purdue. He’ll do well at UNC. Good thing they’re not in the Big Ten.

  • Steve O

    to those of you who think this isn’t that big of a deal, think about how pissed everyone got when Davis continually lost high quality in-state talent, and think about how other than eric gordon, all the other good, in-state talent is going to Purdue or elsewhere… i just hope we aren’t gonna start seeing a trend…

  • Steve O

    to those of you who think this isn’t that big of a deal, think about how pissed everyone got when Davis continually lost high quality in-state talent, and think about how other than eric gordon, all the other good, in-state talent is going to Purdue or elsewhere… i just hope we aren’t gonna start seeing a trend…

  • Steve O

    to those of you who think this isn’t that big of a deal, think about how pissed everyone got when Davis continually lost high quality in-state talent, and think about how other than eric gordon, all the other good, in-state talent is going to Purdue or elsewhere… i just hope we aren’t gonna start seeing a trend…

  • Timmy

    2009 – Derek Elston…Trend over!

  • Timmy

    2009 – Derek Elston…Trend over!

  • Clark

    Best of Luck to TZ. I had a feeling he was going to be a Tar Heel at least he did not commit to Purdue.

  • Clark

    Best of Luck to TZ. I had a feeling he was going to be a Tar Heel at least he did not commit to Purdue.

  • PB

    Dammit as soon as I heard he was announcing at a Ponderosa I thought he was a lock for the Hoosiers!

    For Christ’s sake, there’s a Ponderosa, Wendy’s and Arby’s within 150 feet of eachother in Bloomington!! Please reconsider!! Do they even have Arby’s in Chapel Hill!!??!?!?

  • PB

    Dammit as soon as I heard he was announcing at a Ponderosa I thought he was a lock for the Hoosiers!

    For Christ’s sake, there’s a Ponderosa, Wendy’s and Arby’s within 150 feet of eachother in Bloomington!! Please reconsider!! Do they even have Arby’s in Chapel Hill!!??!?!?

  • PB

    Dammit as soon as I heard he was announcing at a Ponderosa I thought he was a lock for the Hoosiers!

    For Christ’s sake, there’s a Ponderosa, Wendy’s and Arby’s within 150 feet of eachother in Bloomington!! Please reconsider!! Do they even have Arby’s in Chapel Hill!!??!?!?

  • Word is Sizzler wasn’t available for the presser.

  • Word is Sizzler wasn’t available for the presser.

  • Word is Sizzler wasn’t available for the presser.

  • jaime gongora

    I think that if Sampson develops Holman he could become better than Tyler Zeller. We need Ebanks to recruit Stephenson badly and make him wear the cream and crimson. I think with a great year of basketball it will lay a foundation for future recruits.

  • jaime gongora

    I think that if Sampson develops Holman he could become better than Tyler Zeller. We need Ebanks to recruit Stephenson badly and make him wear the cream and crimson. I think with a great year of basketball it will lay a foundation for future recruits.

  • Jaime,

    As much as I’d love to have Stephenson, he’s probably one and done. I’m not opposed to kids only staying for a year, but we also need to land some solid four year guys (which the staff is doing well with Roth, Holloway and Pritchard). Those are the players you build a program with.

  • Jaime,

    As much as I’d love to have Stephenson, he’s probably one and done. I’m not opposed to kids only staying for a year, but we also need to land some solid four year guys (which the staff is doing well with Roth, Holloway and Pritchard). Those are the players you build a program with.

  • jaime gongora

    Big A,
    I agree, but you have to admit you wouldn’t complain. I think through a good year we could have these one year studs on a rotational basis. I think what Sampson does best is find great hidden talent( Roth, Pritchard and Crawford. (I’m excited about Pritchard, because of his footwork is pretty advanced for a junior in high school). Time will tell but I’m really not that worried that we couldn’t get Zeller.

  • jaime gongora

    Big A,
    I agree, but you have to admit you wouldn’t complain. I think through a good year we could have these one year studs on a rotational basis. I think what Sampson does best is find great hidden talent( Roth, Pritchard and Crawford. (I’m excited about Pritchard, because of his footwork is pretty advanced for a junior in high school). Time will tell but I’m really not that worried that we couldn’t get Zeller.

  • Fred

    Hooray! for UNC. Another recruiting coup. Just reloading next year, after this year’s national championship.

    The key to good BBAll and good recruiting is COACHING. Roy has just got IT. Indiana was a power. Now it’s just a historical footnote. and, of course a recruiting ground for UNC! I hope we don’t hear all the whining like we did about Sean May. it’s not attractive.

  • Fred

    Hooray! for UNC. Another recruiting coup. Just reloading next year, after this year’s national championship.

    The key to good BBAll and good recruiting is COACHING. Roy has just got IT. Indiana was a power. Now it’s just a historical footnote. and, of course a recruiting ground for UNC! I hope we don’t hear all the whining like we did about Sean May. it’s not attractive.

  • Fred

    Hooray! for UNC. Another recruiting coup. Just reloading next year, after this year’s national championship.

    The key to good BBAll and good recruiting is COACHING. Roy has just got IT. Indiana was a power. Now it’s just a historical footnote. and, of course a recruiting ground for UNC! I hope we don’t hear all the whining like we did about Sean May. it’s not attractive.

  • Fred

    Hooray! for UNC. Another recruiting coup. Just reloading next year, after this year’s national championship.

    The key to good BBAll and good recruiting is COACHING. Roy has just got IT. Indiana was a power. Now it’s just a historical footnote. and, of course a recruiting ground for UNC! I hope we don’t hear all the whining like we did about Sean May. it’s not attractive.

  • Fred

    Hooray! for UNC. Another recruiting coup. Just reloading next year, after this year’s national championship.

    The key to good BBAll and good recruiting is COACHING. Roy has just got IT. Indiana was a power. Now it’s just a historical footnote. and, of course a recruiting ground for UNC! I hope we don’t hear all the whining like we did about Sean May. it’s not attractive.

  • Fred

    Hooray! for UNC. Another recruiting coup. Just reloading next year, after this year’s national championship.

    The key to good BBAll and good recruiting is COACHING. Roy has just got IT. Indiana was a power. Now it’s just a historical footnote. and, of course a recruiting ground for UNC! I hope we don’t hear all the whining like we did about Sean May. it’s not attractive.

  • Brian

    The state of Indiana should be proud to put out so many talented big men. UNC has been very fortunate to have three now…with the other two taking UNC to the National Championship (Montross, May). All three of the other schools in competition will be very good to great. I know Tyler will play as much as he wants at UNC becaue they love big men who can run the floor.

  • Brian

    The state of Indiana should be proud to put out so many talented big men. UNC has been very fortunate to have three now…with the other two taking UNC to the National Championship (Montross, May). All three of the other schools in competition will be very good to great. I know Tyler will play as much as he wants at UNC becaue they love big men who can run the floor.

  • The state of Indiana puts out some outstanding talent almost every year. That is why the top schools recruit hard there. UNC got National Championships from Montross and May…now let’s see if Zeller can help UNC do well in the NCAA

  • The state of Indiana puts out some outstanding talent almost every year. That is why the top schools recruit hard there. UNC got National Championships from Montross and May…now let’s see if Zeller can help UNC do well in the NCAA

  • The state of Indiana puts out some outstanding talent almost every year. That is why the top schools recruit hard there. UNC got National Championships from Montross and May…now let’s see if Zeller can help UNC do well in the NCAA