No surprise: Cody Zeller wins Mr. Basketball award

  • 04/10/2011 10:32 am in

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

Three state championships at Washington High School. The Trester Mental Attitude Award. A selection to the McDonald’s All-American game. And now, Mr. Basketball.

On Sunday, The Indianapolis Star named IU signee and Washington senior Cody Zeller to the state’s most prestigious honor, Mr. Basketball.

Zeller joins his brothers — Luke (Notre Dame) and Tyler (North Carolina) — as the third member of his family to win the award. He was also the third Zeller to play in the McDonald’s All-American game.

He’s the 26th Mr. Basketball to sign with Indiana.

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  • Anonymous

    Congrats Cody. Now go to Mcdonalds and have a few shakes and get to Cook Hall. Can’t wait to see you in candy stripes.

    GO IU!!!!

  • He seems like a great kid from a great family. Congrats to him, and i can’t wait to see him play for IU. I’m kind of interested to see if he has a better freshman year than Jared Jeffries had in 2000-2001. They were both Mr. Basketballs and are almost the identical size of each other. While their games are different and i would say the 2000 team that J.J. played on had a better supporting cast, I think it will be interesting to see which is better as a freshman.

    Cody definitely fills a need for IU, and getting a 6’11” post player will hopefully help free up our guards for better looks. Hopefully both Cody and Tom Pritchard can hold down the fort for us next year. I’m hoping Derek Elston can come back next year regrouped and focused. I do, however, question if he’s a post player at all and not a small forward that should be shooting jumpers. As for Bobby, we’ll see what happens. If Tom Crean can bring in one more post player for next year, and it looks like that is what he’s trying, then our frontcourt could potentially be decent for next year.

    Go Hoosiers.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Congratulations, Cody. You are what I expect an Indiana Mr. Basketball to be–both on and off the court.

    Mr and Mrs. Zeller, thank you for raising your sons the right way.

  • Diesel

    I would agree that Elston plays more like a three. It’s interesting that we kind of give CWat the “he’s more of a natural 3” and not Elston.

  • Diesel

    I would agree that Elston plays more like a three. It’s interesting that we kind of give CWat the “he’s more of a natural 3” and not Elston.

  • Marsh21

    What an amazing trio of brothers! I don’t know if words can really describe their success. I’m glad IU will benefit from Cody’s efforts. We would have had all three if our program was in good hands. At least we get one and I believe Cody will be the best one!

  • Marsh21

    What an amazing trio of brothers! I don’t know if words can really describe their success. I’m glad IU will benefit from Cody’s efforts. We would have had all three if our program was in good hands. At least we get one and I believe Cody will be the best one!

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Cody, keep working hard. Can’t wait to hear your name called at Assembly Hall.

  • MillaRed

    Jeffries went for 14 and 7 as a FR. But played great defense. I think we can expect similar production from Cody.

  • MillaRed

    Imagine if all 3 would have shunned IU. Oh the agony!

  • Anonymous

    What a great kid! Let’s get excited about the 2011-12 season. What a great recruit for Coach Crean and Indiana!

  • IUeconAlum

    The Zeller boys are the definition of Indiana Mr. Basketball. Great job Cody!

  • I don’t think either are natural 3’s at all. IMO Watford is a perimeter 4 and is terrible at the 3. If I had to compare Watford to one guy, he’s the college version of Rashard Lewis. Good shooter from deep and mid-range, but no handle and no post game.

  • Diesel

    I do agree.

    DE played more like a 3 in high school, then we project him as a 4 in college, and tell him to defend the 5. Both players have limitations at either position for sure.

  • Diesel

    Also, DE played with a 6’8″ kid and a 7’0″ kid in high school. He spent a little more time around the perimeter.

  • Anonymous

    2011 Mr Basketball: Cody Zeller!
    2012 Mr Basketball: Should be Yogi Ferrel!
    2013: Mr Basketball: I think Devin Davis.
    2014: Mr Basketball: Jaquan Lyle!

    I know it’s early.. But I think we could be starting a team with 4 MR basketball’s in the 2014-2015 season. Talk about loaded.

  • Anonymous

    2011 Mr Basketball: Cody Zeller!
    2012 Mr Basketball: Should be Yogi Ferrel!
    2013: Mr Basketball: I think Devin Davis.
    2014: Mr Basketball: Jaquan Lyle!

    I know it’s early.. But I think we could be starting a team with 4 MR basketball’s in the 2014-2015 season. Talk about loaded.

  • millzy32

    The offense that we run (Dribble Drive) has very little mid range shooting involved. Get to the rim or shoot the 3 and that’s about it. It makes it very hard for someone like DE who really is a mid range jump shooter and not much of a driver or 3 point shooter.

  • MillaRed

    It’s a darn shame only 26 Mr. Basketball’s have signed with Indiana. Hopefully that trend has already come to a screeching halt.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve also though Elston is more comfortable as a 3. The way he move on the court and the confidence he has in his jumper as opposed to attacking the basket seem like a 3. He doesn’t seem to have the “feel” a long time post player has in the paint.

    He doesn’t seem totally uncomfortable inside, but just not a “natural”. He seems like a guy who formerly played the perimeter but occassionally posted up smaller players depending on the match-up.

  • IUJeff

    Finally a player that will need doubled in the post at times and can kick out to the open shooters !

  • Anonymous

    Congrats Cody! Now to Big Ten freshman of the year