Zeller one of 25 finalists for Wooden Award

  • 01/17/2012 1:54 pm in

Indiana freshman Cody Zeller is one of 25 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, ESPN.com announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The 6-foot-11 big man is one of three freshman on the list, joining Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Through 18 games, Zeller is averaging 14.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

Current Indiana Director of Basketball Operations Calbert Cheaney was the last Hoosier to win the Wooden Award in 1993. Former guard A.J. Guyton was the last finalist from Indiana back in the 1999-2000 season.

The complete list of finalists follows after the jump:

Harrison Barnes, 6-foot-8, So., F, North Carolina
Will Barton, 6-6, So., F, Memphis
William Buford, 6-6, Sr., G, Ohio State
Anthony Davis, 6-10, Fr., C, Kentucky
Marcus Denmon, 6-3, Sr., G, Missouri
Draymond Green, 6-7, Sr., F, Michigan State
John Henson, 6-11, Jr., C, North Carolina
John Jenkins, 6-4, Jr., G, Vanderbilt
Orlando Johnson, 6-5, Sr., G, UCSB
Darius Johnson-Odom, 6-2, Sr., G, Marquette
Kevin Jones, 6-8, Sr., F, West Virginia
Perry Jones III, 6-11, So., C, Baylor
Kris Joseph, 6-7, Sr., F, Syracuse
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, 6-7, Fr., F, Kentucky
Jeremy Lamb, 6-5, So., G, Connecticut
Damian Lillard, 6-3, Jr., G, Weber State
Doug McDermott, 6-7, So., F, Creighton
Scott Machado, 6-1, Sr., G, Iona
Kendall Marshall, 6-4, So., G, North Carolina
Mike Moser, 6-8, So., F, UNLV
Arnett Moultrie, 6-11, Jr., C, Mississippi State
Thomas Robinson, 6-9, Jr., F, Kansas
Mike Scott, 6-8, Sr., F, Virginia
Jared Sullinger, 6-9, So., F, Ohio State
Cody Zeller, 6-11, Fr., C, Indiana

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  • Real happy for Cody and his family.  We’re definitely proud to see you play in the cream and crimson.

  • Real happy for Cody and his family.  We’re definitely proud to see you play in the cream and crimson.

  • Anonymous

    I think I have a man crush on the Big Z.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe that Jared Jeffries and Gordon were not finalists.  He and the two guys from UK are the only freshmen on the list.

  • Anonymous

    He will win this award by the time he leaves. If Jared sullinger is considered the best big in the nation, I’d argue that Cody Zeller is next in line. If it weren’t for his team habitually overlooking him in the post he could have easily put up 25 points on sullinger. Both times. We are truly blessed to have him in the candy stripes. Very very special talent….. Kind of like…. Yogi Ferrell….. Jeremy Hollowell…. Trey Lyles…. I wonder who those kids are gonna suit up for???? Oh yeah!

  • Anonymous

    arnett moultrie has my vote. He is the only one that carries his team on his shoulders every week. #secrulesthehoops

  • Anonymous

    Cody is a good player.

  • Jlamarmorris

    I can’t believe D.J. White wasn’t a finalist.  He was absolutely dominant his senior year (averaged 17+ ppg and 10+ rpg) and was the Big Ten Player of the Year.  He was also on several pre-season all-america lists, so he was on the radar in 2007-08.

  • CH

    Cody may end up being the best big man to ever play at Indiana. GET HIM THE BALL ON A REGULAR BASIS PLEASE.

  • CH

    Cody may end up being the best big man to ever play at Indiana. GET HIM THE BALL ON A REGULAR BASIS PLEASE.

  • Tim

    Two words for you. Thomas Robinson.