Zeller looking to find his role with Indiana Elite

  • 04/17/2009 10:36 pm in

6-9 Washington (HS) junior-to-be Cody Zeller has one leg up on most of his peers going through the recruiting process for the first time. He heard the pitches various schools made to his older brothers Luke and Tyler, both Mr. Basketball’s and McDonald’s All-American’s that ended up at high profile programs.

And although Luke and Tyler haven’t passed on much advice as his recruitment heats up, the youngest Zeller kept his eyes and ears open as they went through the process.

“They haven’t passed on much advice but I know how it goes. I went on most of their trips with them. I sat in on some of the conversations Dad and them had,” Cody Zeller said. “I know that every college coach is going to make their school sound great but you’ve gotta look through all the stuff they put out there. You’ve gotta find the real details. Ask around and figure out what the school’s really about.”

With two years of high school left, the immediate focus for Zeller, who has a scholarship offer from IU, is improving over the summer and gelling with his Indiana Elite teammates.

“I need to get stronger. It will help my defense and rebounding,” Zeller said. “I’m just trying to figure out my role. In high school I was having to shoot the most but with this team I don’t have to shoot as much. I’m trying to figure out what I need to do to help the team win.”

Filed to:

  • Kelin Blab

    Did anyone see Lew Jack from PU got busted for alcohol and drug possession? Don't want to pile on the kid but would not be surprised if Painter moves on without him………

  • Kelin Blab

    Did anyone see Lew Jack from PU got busted for alcohol and drug possession? Don't want to pile on the kid but would not be surprised if Painter moves on without him………

  • Kelin Blab

    Did anyone see Lew Jack from PU got busted for alcohol and drug possession? Don't want to pile on the kid but would not be surprised if Painter moves on without him………

  • JerryCT

    ALso off subject but Florida has lost 4 kids:

    Calathes turns pro, Tyus and another kid transfer and Deshawn painter got released from his commitment.

    I guess Story and NW are jus tpart of the scene in college basketball. Still it worries me now. If we were to land a new recruit I might easily forget about it however.

  • JerryCT

    ALso off subject but Florida has lost 4 kids:

    Calathes turns pro, Tyus and another kid transfer and Deshawn painter got released from his commitment.

    I guess Story and NW are jus tpart of the scene in college basketball. Still it worries me now. If we were to land a new recruit I might easily forget about it however.

  • JerryCT

    ALso off subject but Florida has lost 4 kids:

    Calathes turns pro, Tyus and another kid transfer and Deshawn painter got released from his commitment.

    I guess Story and NW are jus tpart of the scene in college basketball. Still it worries me now. If we were to land a new recruit I might easily forget about it however.

  • aerialM

    haven't seen the youngest Zeller play, but the fact that he's already been offered a scholarship by Crean tells me all I need to know. He might be skinny (looking at his brothers, he'll probably always be skinny) but with two years to develop – more muscle, more muscle, more muscle and an inch or two – he could be special. We need a Zeller boy to go to IU. I know they're not native Hoosiers, but when a family has three sons and each of them play b-ball well and can play at the national level, it kills us to have them go somewhere else. I know Luke was a so/so guy at ND, but still, him going to the big east to play for Brey & Tyler going to ACC country, it'll really help Crean's cause if he can land Cody.He'll be able to do what Davis and Sampson couldn't and he'd finally be able to set a precedent that if you're a top-notch high school b-ball player in the state of Indiana, then IU is ALWAYS in the picture.
    Premature, I admit, but I've got visions of a Zeller/Plumlee frontcourt in 2012!

  • aerialM

    haven't seen the youngest Zeller play, but the fact that he's already been offered a scholarship by Crean tells me all I need to know. He might be skinny (looking at his brothers, he'll probably always be skinny) but with two years to develop – more muscle, more muscle, more muscle and an inch or two – he could be special. We need a Zeller boy to go to IU. I know they're not native Hoosiers, but when a family has three sons and each of them play b-ball well and can play at the national level, it kills us to have them go somewhere else. I know Luke was a so/so guy at ND, but still, him going to the big east to play for Brey & Tyler going to ACC country, it'll really help Crean's cause if he can land Cody.He'll be able to do what Davis and Sampson couldn't and he'd finally be able to set a precedent that if you're a top-notch high school b-ball player in the state of Indiana, then IU is ALWAYS in the picture.
    Premature, I admit, but I've got visions of a Zeller/Plumlee frontcourt in 2012!

  • aerialM

    haven't seen the youngest Zeller play, but the fact that he's already been offered a scholarship by Crean tells me all I need to know. He might be skinny (looking at his brothers, he'll probably always be skinny) but with two years to develop – more muscle, more muscle, more muscle and an inch or two – he could be special. We need a Zeller boy to go to IU. I know they're not native Hoosiers, but when a family has three sons and each of them play b-ball well and can play at the national level, it kills us to have them go somewhere else. I know Luke was a so/so guy at ND, but still, him going to the big east to play for Brey & Tyler going to ACC country, it'll really help Crean's cause if he can land Cody.He'll be able to do what Davis and Sampson couldn't and he'd finally be able to set a precedent that if you're a top-notch high school b-ball player in the state of Indiana, then IU is ALWAYS in the picture.
    Premature, I admit, but I've got visions of a Zeller/Plumlee frontcourt in 2012!

  • GFDave

    The little bit that I saw Tyler Zeller this year I could see that he's started to muscle up nicely at UNC. Not enough to lose his movement, but enough to let him compete. He looked like a frosh big man though, reacting slowly to a game that was a little to fast for him at this stage.

    Nice article on Mo Creek in WashPo:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/ar

  • GFDave

    The little bit that I saw Tyler Zeller this year I could see that he's started to muscle up nicely at UNC. Not enough to lose his movement, but enough to let him compete. He looked like a frosh big man though, reacting slowly to a game that was a little to fast for him at this stage. So I think Cody may develop in a similar way.

    Nice article on Mo Creek in WashPo:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/ar

  • GFDave

    The little bit that I saw Tyler Zeller this year I could see that he's started to muscle up nicely at UNC. Not enough to lose his movement, but enough to let him compete. He looked like a frosh big man though, reacting slowly to a game that was a little to fast for him at this stage. So I think Cody may develop in a similar way.

    Nice article on Mo Creek in WashPo:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/ar

  • GalenaScott

    Nice heads up GFDave on the Mo Creek article. thanks! Saw Mo at the Derby Classic and even the Kentucky and Louisville fans were impressed with his talent.

    Alex, please tell us how the Indiana Elite 2011 and 2012 AAU teams performed the first night at the Grassroots shootout. I can't wait to see the teams at the May Adidas Classic.

  • GalenaScott

    Nice heads up GFDave on the Mo Creek article. thanks! Saw Mo at the Derby Classic and even the Kentucky and Louisville fans were impressed with his talent.

    Alex, please tell us how the Indiana Elite 2011 and 2012 AAU teams performed the first night at the Grassroots shootout. I can't wait to see the teams at the May Adidas Classic.

  • GalenaScott

    Nice heads up GFDave on the Mo Creek article. thanks! Saw Mo at the Derby Classic and even the Kentucky and Louisville fans were impressed with his talent.

    Alex, please tell us how the Indiana Elite 2011 and 2012 AAU teams performed the first night at the Grassroots shootout. I can't wait to see the teams at the May Adidas Classic.

  • CraiginOR

    When I read Zeller I think North Carolina. I have hated NC since Dean Smith played the four corners stall way back before the time clock. NC would be up by 2 and play keep away for what seemed like 20 minutes. Also..the damn recruiters who run the program and like to be called coach don't seem to be able to do much without at least 6 McDonalds all americans on the team. Look at Williams record at Kansas. Bill Self can coach. Give me an x and o guy and a team of 4 star and 3 star kds anytime over a bunch of prima donnas. I'm a bitter old man.

  • CraiginOR

    When I read Zeller I think North Carolina. I have hated NC since Dean Smith played the four corners stall way back before the time clock. NC would be up by 2 and play keep away for what seemed like 20 minutes. Also..the damn recruiters who run the program and like to be called coach don't seem to be able to do much without at least 6 McDonalds all americans on the team. Look at Williams record at Kansas. Bill Self can coach. Give me an x and o guy and a team of 4 star and 3 star kds anytime over a bunch of prima donnas. I'm a bitter old man.

  • CraiginOR

    When I read Zeller I think North Carolina. I have hated NC since Dean Smith played the four corners stall way back before the time clock. NC would be up by 2 and play keep away for what seemed like 20 minutes. Also..the damn recruiters who run the program and like to be called coach don't seem to be able to do much without at least 6 McDonalds all americans on the team. Look at Williams record at Kansas. Bill Self can coach. Give me an x and o guy and a team of 4 star and 3 star kds anytime over a bunch of prima donnas. I'm a bitter old man.

  • Sandman

    Cody Zeller is the smartest of all the bros as he considering IU and realizes it is the best & only choice of a true Hoosier baller! :o)

  • Sandman

    Cody Zeller is the smartest of all the bros as he considering IU and realizes it is the best & only choice of a true Hoosier baller! :o)

  • Sandman

    Cody Zeller is the smartest of all the bros as he considering IU and realizes it is the best & only choice of a true Hoosier baller! :o)

  • Sandman

    Cody Zeller is the smartest of all the bros as he considering IU and realizes it is the best & only choice of a true Hoosier baller! :o)

  • Whiteside595

    codys the best of his brothers