Tyler Zeller heading to Tobacco Road

  • 11/05/2007 3:04 pm in

Tyler ZellerAs expected, Washington (IN) big man Tyler Zeller announced his intentions to attend North Carolina in an afternoon press conference.

Zeller tried to downplay the role of the recent sanctions imposed on Coach Kelvin Sampson as a reason for spurning the Hoosiers, but one of his quotes following the press conference caught my attention. Zeller was asked how the sanctions affected his decision and here’s what he said:

“A little bit, but not really. You gotta look at the long run and the more I looked into it, the long run was kind of confusing. I wanted to get it over with and I couldn’t figure out what exactly was going to happen. So a little bit, but like I said, I just felt more comfortable with North Carolina,” Zeller said.

Zeller is the second five-star recruit in North Carolina’s 2008 class, joining forward Ed Davis from Mechanicsville, Virginia. The Tar Heels also have a commitment from four-star guard Larry Drew from Woodland Hills, CA.

North Carolina has had success with Indiana big men in the past. Sean May, from Bloomington North, was the Most Outstanding Player in the 2005 Final Four when the Tar Heels won the National Championship. Eric Montross, a member of the 1990 class from Lawrence North, was a starter for their 1993 National Championship team.

Jonathan Holmes from Bloomington South and Rick Fox from Warsaw are two other players from Indiana that have donned the Carolina Blue.

With Zeller’s commitment to Roy Williams and staff, the only major 2008 recruit that IU is still involved with is Mount Vernon (NY) forward Kevin Jones. Jones has visited Indiana, Pittsburgh, Massachusetts, Ohio State and West Virginia. Rutgers, St. John’s and Seton Hall are also in the running. A decision from Jones is expected before November 14, which is the first day of the early signing period.

Filed to:

  • The fallout from the Davis era continues to plague the Hoosiers. Of course the recent NCAA flap did not help. Maybe next year. Indiana has several big men coming up that we need to get. Every year brings a new stud.

  • The fallout from the Davis era continues to plague the Hoosiers. Of course the recent NCAA flap did not help. Maybe next year. Indiana has several big men coming up that we need to get. Every year brings a new stud.

  • Mason Plumlee’s recruitment just got a lot more important.

  • Mason Plumlee’s recruitment just got a lot more important.

  • Joe

    C’mon guys – he’s a beanpole. Do you really think he’s gonna go to UNC (or whereever else) and dominate his first couple years? He’ll be a nice player, but don’t lose any sleep over this one. If he’s the 16th ranked player in the country, the class is very, very weak.

  • Joe

    C’mon guys – he’s a beanpole. Do you really think he’s gonna go to UNC (or whereever else) and dominate his first couple years? He’ll be a nice player, but don’t lose any sleep over this one. If he’s the 16th ranked player in the country, the class is very, very weak.

  • Tim

    What a misleading picture you have there.

  • Tim

    What a misleading picture you have there.

  • kelin

    If K.Jones decides to go elsewhere, I am not sure if IU would pursue anyone else. There isn’t anyone that I know of in the 08′ class….Does anyone else think the same?

    I say develope Eli, work on the 09′ class…

  • kelin

    If K.Jones decides to go elsewhere, I am not sure if IU would pursue anyone else. There isn’t anyone that I know of in the 08′ class….Does anyone else think the same?

    I say develope Eli, work on the 09′ class…

  • Alex

    If not for phone-gate, Zeller would be heading to B-Town. Thanks a lot Kelvin.

  • Alex

    If not for phone-gate, Zeller would be heading to B-Town. Thanks a lot Kelvin.

  • Loyal to Indiana

    Get that shirt off that kid. Makes me sick….why would a kid that grew up down the road from 3 great schools go to NC. Maybe Roy made a big contribution to his church!

  • Get that shirt off that kid. Makes me sick….why would a kid that grew up down the road from 3 great schools go to NC. Maybe Roy made a big contribution to his church!

  • knasmiley

    I think the spring may bring some fallout of coaching changes, usually opens up some BIG TIME players and hopefully then we might be able to land one of them then………..

    I think TZ made a good choice for himself, its not dependent on what I wanted him to do, it is what it is and I for one wish him luck………..

    PS: IU will be fine, Ebanks signing in a couple of days is putting the STAMP on the program that it is a place for BIG TIME players to go to……..

  • knasmiley

    I think the spring may bring some fallout of coaching changes, usually opens up some BIG TIME players and hopefully then we might be able to land one of them then………..

    I think TZ made a good choice for himself, its not dependent on what I wanted him to do, it is what it is and I for one wish him luck………..

    PS: IU will be fine, Ebanks signing in a couple of days is putting the STAMP on the program that it is a place for BIG TIME players to go to……..