Cody Zeller’s NBA stock on the rise per ESPN’s Chad Ford

  • 12/13/2011 2:25 pm in

ESPN College Basketball Nation: Cody Zeller shoots up draft boards

Alas, after four weeks, Zeller has already become a star — leading the Hoosiers to a 9-0 record and the biggest victory of the Tom Crean era over then-No. 1 Kentucky Saturday. This has required a slight recalibration among fans: Maybe the Hoosiers are already really good! Maybe we don’t need to wait! That sort of thing.

It seems NBA scouts and general managers have undergone a similar consideration. When you play as well as Zeller has, and you are also nearly 7-feet tall with impressive post polish, balance and ball skills, you are going to draw the attention of the next level. According to Chad Ford’s latest 2012 draft big board, that’s exactly what Zeller has done. Ford ranks Zeller No. 12 in his latest rankings — sandwiched between Kentucky prospects Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (No. 11) and Terrence Jones (No. 13), and two spots ahead of Florida Gators man-child Patric Young (No. 14). Zeller is also five spots ahead of older brother Tyler (No. 17), which we can only hope leads to some brotherly rough-housing during the unwrapping of Christmas presents. (I would probably pay to watch the three Zellers, including eldest brother Luke, play a driveway game of 21.)

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  • cooper

    i should have read your comment before i responded… spot on.

  • cooper

    He set the pick on the opposite side VJ drove. Zeller is lined up on the right to set the pick and VJ went left. The pick did very little.

  • Anonymous

    You know what, never thought about that.  Sure we’d be immensely more talented with Haston in the front court.  But would the Jarrod Odle 2nd half explosion have happened?  On the other hand, we probably wouldn’t have been down by 15+ at half.

    Going back even further, we likely wouldn’t have been a 5 seed with Haston, more like a 2-3.  Probably wouldn’t have even played Duke.

    We were very fortunate to have played UNC-Wilmington (#13) and Kent State (#10) on the Road to the Final Four as both USC (#6) and Pitt (#3) were upset along the way.

    Where’s your DeLorean? 

  • Anonymous

    You know what, never thought about that.  Sure we’d be immensely more talented with Haston in the front court.  But would the Jarrod Odle 2nd half explosion have happened?  On the other hand, we probably wouldn’t have been down by 15+ at half.

    Going back even further, we likely wouldn’t have been a 5 seed with Haston, more like a 2-3.  Probably wouldn’t have even played Duke.

    We were very fortunate to have played UNC-Wilmington (#13) and Kent State (#10) on the Road to the Final Four as both USC (#6) and Pitt (#3) were upset along the way.

    Where’s your DeLorean? 

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Oh I agree. When you go fiddling with one piece of the past then the whole jigsaw puzzle changes. I believe we would have beaten anyone with him alongside everyone else though.

    In retrospect with better scenarios we should have 8 banners without injuries or Haston leaving.

    Scott May broken arm
    Henderson knee
    Haston NBA

    Just my wishful thinking…

  • MillaRed

    Seems to me the main stream media is reluctant to give our team praise and in a hurry to get rid of our best players.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Every team is always going to complain about the refs. Rex Chapman (former UK player) put UK fans in their place on twitter. 

  • ugzwang

    Zeller is certainly a great freshman, but needs to stay in college 2 or 3 more years. Next year, with IU’s recuits and returning players, buy your tickets for the final four!

  • ugzwang

    Zeller is certainly a great freshman, but needs to stay in college 2 or 3 more years. Next year, with IU’s recuits and returning players, buy your tickets for the final four!