ITH Video: Cody Zeller at Evansville Bosse

Inside the Hall took a road trip on Friday night for a meeting meeting between the Washington Hatchets and the Evansville Bosse Bulldogs.

Washington, led by 27 points and 20 rebounds from IU signee Cody Zeller, won 79-71.

We’ve compiled over five minutes of high definition video of Zeller for your viewing pleasure below:

  • JerryCT

    I think based on CZ you could make the case to change to a different offense that features:

    + wing feed to the low post ala DJ White , then let CZ work or pass to a cutter
    + high post feed and cuts off of it , again to capitalize on CZ/DE/TP passing
    + Flex offense to bring CZ outside in offensive position, not to mention VO and WS crossing the lane

  • Diesel

    Cody is already the best rebounder on our team! He is a head hunter out there in terms of finding a body which is so important in the zone defense.

    He is Watford-esqe in his free throw shooting, very solid for a big man.

    The video also showed excellent passing, he must have had 4-5 assists just from the video. And several times the video started with Zeller bringing the ball up at the top of the key, I’m assuming this was as a press breaker and he handled the ball well for a big.

    Thanks Alex.

  • MillaRed

    Not sure who #21 is. But he probably had nightmares. Alex, what number is the Lyles kid?

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    15

  • Tberry

    For his height, I wasn’t overwhelmed. Naturally he could rebound with smaller kids and he could see over for passes but that was it.

  • BaseballBuc

    He is as polished a high school big man as you will ever see.

  • Anonymous

    Of course he does… He’s a high school senior! As an Evansville native, it has been historically hard to play at Bosse. They always get seem to play very physical. I doubt you will find a more physical hs bball team in Indiana. So it was natural for Cody to get banged around a little. I have always been a little leary of these highlight reels b/c you never know the caliber of talent the kids are playing against. However, this video left me pleasantly surprised. What surprised me were the following essentials for successful college bball:
    1) Staying collected and calm when being banged around and not always getting whistles.
    2) Being in the right place at the right time.
    3) Always looking for the open teammate.
    4) Taking matters into your hands when you need to.
    5) Knowing the difference between #’s 3 and 4.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • MillaRed

    If anyone gets close to grabbing 20 rebounds at Bosse again this year I will be very, very surprised.

  • SBIHoosier

    I was impressed with Cody’s footwork. He looks like he isn’t trying to catch up to his body like most kids his age that are that tall. He might not even be done growing yet. The strength will come. Can’t wait to see him in the stripes.

  • Luke72

    Cody is just plain smooth! Only flashy at times! Best Big to come to IU in a long time!!

  • Anonymous

    If Elston has the same body mass increase over the upcoming summer that he had over the previous one he’ll be very hard to contain on the block. Now, if he can just find his man on a consistent basis…

  • Anonymous

    Since Magnus Pelkowski?

  • N71

    That may not be healthy to add that much.

  • Anonymous

    It wasnt his rebounding over 5-foot kids that was impressive, it was his passing. He sees the floor well it seems from this one video. Very weak though. He was getting muscled by much smaller guys.

  • Diesel

    Watch it again Tberry. Cody was very active putting his backside into someone on the defensive and trying to create space on the offensive end to grab those 20 “natural” rebounds. Those things have nothing to do with size, it’s called desire and that’s what it takes to be a great rebounder. Cody has it.

  • Anonymous

    Wish you would have caught his dunk off the baseline drive around two Bosse defenders. Bosse is a very tough team. They beat a tough Princeton team, that has a few remaining pieces left over from their undefeated championship team from a couple of years ago. Hope to go catch Bosse and Harrison next month as well. Have heard a lot of good things about Harrison freshman G Ernie Duncan. He has put up some decent numbers this year.

  • Anonymous

    Between this video and watching him at AddidasNations, my initial impressions of Zeller:

    *He’s an elite-level passer for a big man. He’s going to hurt teams if they double him. I think Hulls, Creek, and Roth (among other shooters) are going to put some points up next year as Zeller can and will find open shooters.
    *His ballhandling is better than I thought
    *I really like his shot. In addition, it looks like he has some post moves, though I haven’t seen enough to judge them. He’s certainly not limited to drop-steps and standing jumpers.
    *It came out more at AddidasNations, but he doesn’t rely on his height for rebounds, does a good job of positioning himself. Too many young big men (and even professionals) watch a ball in the air and lean on someone instead of moving. He’s really impressed me with his rebounding skills.

    Can’t find too much to negative in the video when taking into consideration that he’s still in high school.
    *He’ll get stronger, this is especially true of big men after time in college.
    *He needs to work on his defense, but that’s true of nearly all high-schoolers (and many underclassmen in college). He gets away with some things in this video due to his size on the high school level, such when he doesn’t cut the baseline off early in the video (a college athlete will make that a 3-point play). But he’ll be fine once he adjusts and he should become a good defender.

  • MillaRed

    The Hoosiers are currently 4th in the nation in FG%. Wow.

  • BaseballBuc

    This means nothing and it’s kinda off topic, but being the “official unofficial facebook stalker of ITH” there is a section where you can write about yourself. All Cody’s says is, “Taking the road to 6 banners.” I like it!

  • Anonymous

    Alex, really nice footage. We know for the most part what CZ can do so I was as interested in watching it to see the Lyles kid as much as anything. I watched the video again and concentrated on the Lyles kid. I know he is just a freshman, maybe it’s just me, but man it looked like he did a lot of standing around the 3pt line and waving his arms for the ball and kinda seemed to stand and watch the action from a distance a considerable amount of the time.

    Just a freshman, just one game, just one highlight reel so if Crean is watching him as closely as he seems to be I’m guessing what we seen from this particular game is not indicative of his play as a whole.

    Anyone else see it this way ?

  • HoosierFromCT

    you crazy?!?! You forget about Tijan?

  • BaseballBuc

    They’ve gotta be up there in FG% defense as well. They are tops in the Legends and Leaders in that category.

  • Anonymous

    Tell that to Karl Malone!

  • Anonymous

    How could anyone forget the Ambassador of Elbows?

  • Anonymous

    I know a lot of people keep mentioning the lack of height of Cody’s opposition in these videos, but let’s not forget he has grown up playing against two 7-footers in his driveway, so he does have a little experience in dealing with bigger players.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you that he will need to do some things better and will need to bulk up but I would be willing to bet that he will start right away and that his minutes will be at least 20 at the beginning of the season and upwards from there if for no other reason than his rebounding let alone the other things his game brings to the table plus he will have the time span of between the end of his high school ball and when IU’s season starts to work on some things.

    I’m not saying he will be the cure all for everything IU lacks right now and he will not automatically turn us into a Big 10 contender by himself but he will bring a serious upgrade in a lot of areas that we need it in.

  • Anonymous

    He has went up against more than one or two quality big men on the AAU circuit too and seemed to fare pretty well against them too.

    If need be we can always bring in Tijan to toughen him up but of course just the threat of having to face death by a thousand elbows should motivate CZ to do whatever is needed. LOL

  • Bleedin Crimson

    I was very interested but it doesn’t even looks as if he is ranked (what does that matter anymore).
    ESPN has yet to evaluate him giving him a 40. They say he has great hands and does finish at the rim. Great feet and good post moves. Slow getting up the court (of course) at 300 lbs. Hard to motivate. I think that Chandler is more polished big man. But at this point Cody will need help next year. WE NEED BIG and NOW.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. He’ll be our best inside threat from day one, though Watford’s continued improvement scoring down low may challenge that). Elston is more comfortable facing up from 15 ft., not making moves in the post. (While scoring isn’t our problem, it will be nice to have more diversity in scoring options). But I agree that rebounding may be the biggest thing he brings to next year’s team. I’d think he gets 20 or more minutes. If, a big if, he can dominate the defensive boards then Hulls, Creek, etc. won’t have to rebound by committee and we will get more run-outs and more easy baskets in transition.

    For comparison, Tyler started for UNC in his first college game and led them in scoring before getting injured in their second game vs Kentuc…can’t bring myself to type it. While it’s not a fair comparison (for one, Hansbrough was out with an injury), Tyler started as a true freshman for a national champion that spent much of the year as #1 in the polls. What I’m saying is, Tyler looked ready to be a major contributor before his injury on a supremely talented team. I’m keeping my expectations low, but there’s potential for Cody to really impact the 2011-2012 season.

  • MillaRed

    I think its a lack of a good offensive game plan Mike. And the more footage I see the more I realize it’s standard in high school basketball. If you watch the video again you will see Cody doing the same thing.

    In fact, is there one set play in this entire video on either side?

  • millzy32

    You can’t teach height and he’s got it. I don’t care how he gets his rebounds as long as he gets them.

  • millzy32

    Does anyone think that the IU staff is now wishing that Muniru was retained? I know the split was said to be amicable but you have to think that he was guided if you will to leave because he wouldn’t be getting PT with Michel in the mix. Now no Michel.

  • millzy32

    It’s Lyle, Lyles plays for Tech. Jaquan Lyle and Trey Lyles.

  • marcusgresham

    Not sure that would matter. Bawa couldn’t see any PT last year, and everyone on the depth chart ahead of him is still on the roster. I guess they also figured that replacing him with a juco player would also free up the scholarship a year earlier.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not my fault, I swear it’s not, I was just going off of how Milla had spelled it towards the top of the thread so really it’s his fault I misspelled it LOL.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure that is a very big part of it. I just get a little concerned when a kid starts waving their arms wanting the ball and then when it does not come their way that stand and sulk with hands on hips. Just a freshman with a lot to learn. It will be fun to monitor his progress and see how much of an eye Crean and staff keep on him as he matures. If Tom thinks there is something there that warrants observing that’s good enough for me, cause last time I checked he still knew more about this kind of thing than me.

    Oh, yea, you might want to check your back for tire marks as I kinda sorta threw you under the bus when millzy32 called me on my spelling of the last name for the other IU target in the video.

  • marcusgresham

    The Hatchet House! I fondly remember being on the floor for a couple of great North Harrison victories in the ’87 regional there. OK, so what if I was just the mascot, it was still the only regional we ever won. And so what if the next week we got waxed by BNL at the Evansville semi-state…

  • MillaRed

    He has a twin brother on the team, I was referring to both of them.

    MillaRed – Fail

  • Anonymous

    It was Damon’s freshman year

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