Zeigler: “I’ve never seen a game like that in my life”

  • 12/12/2011 9:56 pm in

He’s not yet ready to label Indiana as the favorite in his recruitment, but it’s clear Saturday’s 73-72 thriller against No. 1 Kentucky made a major impact on 2013 Detroit, Mich. Community forward Byron “Bo” Zeigler.

“A game winner against the No. 1 team in the country. … Crazy environment,” Zeigler told Inside the Hall of his first trip to Assembly Hall. “I’ve never seen a game like that in my life. The fans are behind the basketball program 100 percent.

“That’s probably going to play a big role in my recruitment.”

The 6-foot-7 Zeigler, a wing forward ranked among the top 40 prospects in his class by Scout.com, sat behind the bench and had a close look at Christian Watford’s game winner from the left wing.

“I was right behind the bench. I couldn’t believe he hit it,” Zeigler said. “I see buzzer beaters on TV, but I was right there and I was able to see it. It was unbelievable.”

After the shot went in, chaos ensued on Branch McCracken Court as students stormed the floor.

Zeigler described the postgame scene: “I almost got ran over, knocked down,” he laughed. “Fans everywhere, running, screaming, yelling.”

With a little less than a year until he can sign a National Letter of Intent, Zeigler is still considering several schools including Florida, Georgetown, Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State, Providence and Xavier.

“I think my recruitment is still wide open. I don’t want to make a decision too fast,” he said. “I’m still going to think it through. But they [Indiana] made a tough argument with that game.”

(Photo credit: Spartan Tailgate)

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  • Riggins Scott

    I saw him trying to storm the court and someone grabbed him and held him back.

  • cdog

    Remember Holloway was an IU commit under the Sampson reign.  That should pretty much tell you all you need to know.  He would have already transferred from IU as Crean wouldn’t put up with his behavior.  It is good to see IU players that remind me of former players.  Hustle! Hustle! Hustle!  Go IU.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah he really did storm the court. Pretty awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah there really is a weird inferiority complex out there.  My brother in law is a senior there and says they chant IU sucks at random games that have nothing to do with IU.  

  • Anonymous

    That’s a better and more clever way of making my point.  I am adopting your comment as my own for social situations.

  • Anonymous

    Lyles already verbal commited, so he is locked up, so to speak. Not really locked until they sign on dotted line.

  • Anonymous

    Anya reminds me so much of Dejuan Blair. Except he has a 7+ foot wing span. I have watched video on him and he is going to wreak absolute havoc in the paint defensively wherever he goes. I hope he lands at iu… And as of Jaquan Lyle, I’m 99% sure he is gonna commit to iu as early as summer 2012. He switched to lyles, Blackmon, and blueitt’s aau team. He is best friends with Blackmon. They tweet nearly everyday. He tweeted the other day that “indiana’s Class of 2014 is cold!” I’d say the stars are aligning for some landscape changing recruiting. Sometimes you can just feel things happening without having to see them. I feel this. I didn’t feel like Gary Harris was coming, so I didn’t expect it and certainly didn’t get surprised. I think all longtime Hoosier fans can feel the ground swell and shake at what’s coming. WE WILL HANG ANOTHER BANNER OR TWO AT ASSEMBLY HALL. We have the most fertile recruiting territory, the tradition of greatness, the greatest most enthusiastic fans in the country, and an elite coach (cemented belief with development and x & o’s this season.) you can’t hold this program down forever. HOO HOO HOO HOOSIERS!!!

  • Michael Verble

    sampson recruited yancy gates too if I remember correctly

  • Michael Verble

    sampson recruited yancy gates too if I remember correctly

  • Anonymous

    Is there any site right now where you can see and compare the stats of the most productive freshmen this season to see who’s doing what was or wasn’t expected?

  • Anonymous

    Everyone has one (and I usually add to that statement,) “and virtually all of them stink.”

  • Anonymous

    I did see Willis and forgot about that.  I remember at the time thinking how great it would be for the Kentucky kid to see IU beating his in-state school.  Wish granted.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be OK with Indiana St. and even Butler, but I’d prefer Ball St., IUPUI, Evansville, IPFW or Valpo (Bobby C’s gonna need running mates,) over Purdue or Notre Dame.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know who’s being heavily recruited by then at this time.  It seems as if Calipari just waits and waits, then waves his magic wand (or his magic World Wide Wes,) and gets whomever he wants.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the very same thing.  Onions! (God I hate quoting Rafftery.)

  • Anonymous

    I thought the very same thing.  Onions! (God I hate quoting Rafftery.)

  • Anonymous

    Undersized?  Isn’t Anya 6’9″, or is that one of those “Charles Barkley is 6’6″/Dennis Rodman is 6’8” kind of measurements?

  • stonaroni

    I realize that, I guess I am saying he will not de-committ.

  • IUJeff

    We’ll see him twice a year, maybe more. I’ll take a healthy Mo Creek to join next year’s class.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Your’re talking about Trey Lyles that has commited but JaQuan Lyle has yet to commit…right?

  • Anonymous

    Dremond Green is pretty good at MSU, Charles Barkley, Adrian Dantley, Wes Unseld, just off the top of my head. That is the point, if the kid can play, there is no equation, there is the opportunity to land him and to enjoy!

  • Anonymous

    Gary Harris will never shoot like Mo Creek did his freshman year. I hope that Mo comes back next year with all guns firing!

  • Anonymous

    Since Bo is also being recruited by Xavier, did anyone ask him which locker room he’d rather be in after this weekend’s events unfolded?

  • Anonymous

    Since Bo is also being recruited by Xavier, did anyone ask him which locker room he’d rather be in after this weekend’s events unfolded?

  • Anonymous

    Those are all very accurate statements about the institution and coaches. I might add though that it WILL affect a player’s decision of said universities are banned from post-season play. Any word if further actions are going to be taken by the NCAA on this?

  • Anonymous

    Yep

  • Kelin Blab

    From what I have been reading about Bo I likey. Long wing, compared to Kevin Durant, can play the 1 to the 5 according to him, never stops moving on the court, long and athletic. Coaches son also I believe which is an added bonus and I believe he has a brother who is D1 also.

    This is in the Crean mold, find a under the radar wing, high bball IQ, and help him get better….victor oladipo and will sheehey.

  • Kelin Blab

    From what I have been reading about Bo I likey. Long wing, compared to Kevin Durant, can play the 1 to the 5 according to him, never stops moving on the court, long and athletic. Coaches son also I believe which is an added bonus and I believe he has a brother who is D1 also.

    This is in the Crean mold, find a under the radar wing, high bball IQ, and help him get better….victor oladipo and will sheehey.

  • BeatUKagain

    IU’s 2012 and 2013 classes are loaded with good wings. I think a combo of Hollowell, Hartman, Davis, and Zeigler would work really well. Hartman is about as pure a shooter as Crean could find. Davis can play and defend the post, has great rebounding ability and overall athleticism. Zeigler is another great athlete, but seems like a more natural wing. Then Hollowell can do a lot of this stuff pretty well. And that’s not even counting guys like Etherington, Abell, Patterson…and Sheehey and Victor will be seniors when the 2013 class comes in. That’s an abundance of wings.

  • N71

    The voice inside me keeps saying “rebounding”…like we have everything covered except rebounding.  Victor is proof you don’t have to be a 255 lb forward to rebound but I sure would like a 255 lb forward to rebound.  BeeJay is the closest thing to Outoftheloop’s list of Dremond Green, Charles, etc.  Why do I feel like we need someone with an 18″+ neck size?  Maybe we don’t but I sure would like an enforcer.  Help’s with a teams swager knowing you’ve got a Dale Davis type on your side.

  • Anonymous

    Goes back to the guy with the lazy eye

  • N71

    Yep, that guy.  We have a bunch of amazing pieces to the puzzle with some of the most skilled players in the country coming.  That’s surely the hard part of the recruiting puzzle.  The Big Ten though is a tough playground where fast, smart, and handsom don’t always win.  Look at OSU’s roster (260 lbs, 280 lbs), Wisconsin (260 lbs), or MSU (240 lbs, 270 lbs, 250 lbs)…they have some big boys and this is part of why I think we fade during Big Ten play. Think back of those times at the HPER when you had to check the big harry dude with the strange rash on the back of his arms.  Sure you blocked a shot or two but by the end of the day when you were having a beer at Kilroys you noticed a huge bruise on your arm, your buddy pointed out the cap on your front tooth was missing, and damn it, you just didn’t have enough gas in the tank to hit the dance floor later that night with that hot chick in your Biology class.   BeeJay Anya is 250+ and seems to like contact.  Although he doesn’t have a lazy eye 250 lbs is 250 lbs.  Are we looking at anyone else that fits the bill?

  • Wyatt18

    Or just his wallet

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Whether he comes or not Indiana is back in the picture. Good job CTC.

    I like the fact that he appreciated Indiana for what it truly is. GO IU!!