Cody Zeller named AP All-American honorable mention

  • 03/26/2012 3:43 pm in

Per IU media relations, Cody Zeller earned Associated Press All-American honorable mention honors earlier today. The complete release follows:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana freshman forward Cody Zeller has earned AP All-America honorable mention honors, announced on Monday, March 26, by the Associated Press.

In his first year as a Hoosier, Zeller led the team with 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 62.3 percent (200-of-321) from the field and 75.5 percent (163-of-216) from the free throw line. He’s ranked fourth in the country in field goal percentage and leads the Big Ten Conference.

Zeller was the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year, as voted on by the coaches, after earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week seven times. He was also second team All-Big Ten and an All-Freshman Team selection, and a finalist for the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year award, and the John Wooden and Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year awards.

The Washington, Ind., native helped the Hoosiers to a 27-9 overall record. Indiana made its 36th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the sixth most in the event’s history and the most among Big Ten members. IU is 62-31 overall, the sixth most wins in the tournament after advancing to the Sweet Sixteen with a second round win over New Mexico State (79-66) and third round win over VCU (63-61) in Portland, before falling to top-seed Kentucky in Atlanta on Friday, March 23 (102-90). IU’s trip to the Sweet Sixteen was its first since 2002 and just the second berth into the round of 16 since 1995.

In tournament play, Zeller averaged 16.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.

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  • Bucky

    CZ was so much better than I thought he would be this soon.  Smarter, tougher, better prepared, focused, everything.  I can’t wait to see him with Yogi next year.  

  • Mr. I.U.

    This young man is waht Indiana players are all about. I feel Cody gave 100%, was a great team mate and was a leader without saying a word, his action ssaid it all. If our new players we add next year give a 100% I.U. will be a force to deal with, oh most are from Indiana so that will bean asset too!

  • Omegaland4all

    Although I only saw CZ on couple of allstar games, it was clear he had a tremendous skill set. I actually walked away thinking about how long it was since IU had a point guard like Fewell. It’s going to be fun the next few years. My only concern is, will playing time become a major obstacle in team unity in the future. This team’s success was built on it…but for now congested Cody….well deserved.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Congrats to Cody. It is hard to believe that a player had such a massive impact on a team and was just an honorable mention. Still a great accomplishment. The bar has been raised. Thank you to his family as well. His Mother and Father raised a great person and his brothers almost assuredly had a tremendous impact on Cody learning the game. Cody has an advantage of Luke and Tyler. He had the luxury of learning under 2 eventusal D1 players whereas they did not have that asset. Good luck to Luke pursuing a pro career and Tyler heading for the NBA. Maybe we will get lucky and see the Pacers snatch up Eric Gordon during free agency and somehow end up with Tyler and Cody. If the Pacers want to boost attendance then look at the model down in Bloomington. Do it with players from Indiana.

  • Only the second time to the sweet sixteen in the past 17 years? Good God. It’s been 25 years since we have been at the level we are going back to the next few years +.

    I cant believe it’s been 2 Sweet Sixteens in 17 years. Lots of early exits and disappointments in there. No more.

  • Yeah he is going to kill it with Zeller in the pick and roll. Jordy just spotting up from the wing. Added athleticism inside. This class really fills up a lot of ours holes.

  • marcusgresham

    If we keep CTC we may not miss it again for 17 years.

  • calbert40

    At the beginning of the season, some of us were discussing what would be a legitimate expectation of CZ in his freshman year.  A lot of us were hoping for something similar to DJ White’s freshman season.

    DJ – 13.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 23 assists, 64 blks,  14 steals, .572 FG %, .709 FT %. B1G Freshman of the year.

    CZ – 15.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 45 assists, 42 blks, 49 steals, .623 FG %, .755 FT %. B1G Freshman of the year.

    As hard as it is to imagine, those lofty expectations many of us had of him were TOO LOW!  Great season for Cody, and a well deserved honor!

  • SCHoosier

    Well deserved…Cody will face some challenges next year as teams double team him..try zones etc. During the off season he really needs to work on facing the basket..driving and shooting the 15 footer. Using his left hand would help ..and having a jump hook would frustrate defenders. Kid has a huge upset..but I really do believe he’s just getting started and needs those offensive tools to be successful at the next level..AFTER leading IU to banner -6.:)

  • SCHoosier

    Well deserved…Cody will face some challenges next year as teams double team him..try zones etc. During the off season he really needs to work on facing the basket..driving and shooting the 15 footer. Using his left hand would help ..and having a jump hook would frustrate defenders. Kid has a huge upset..but I really do believe he’s just getting started and needs those offensive tools to be successful at the next level..AFTER leading IU to banner -6.:)

  • joebull

    So zeller was all american honorable mention but wasn’t 1st team B10?

  • CreamandCrimson

    Congrats to Cody, well-deserved.

    Cody (and the coaching staff) know what he needs to work on in the offseason.  He needs to add strength and he needs to work on developing a consistent jumper out to 15 or 18 feet.  It’s clear he has no problem putting in the work so I think he will raise the bar on himself and come back even better. 

    Reasonable expectations for CZ if everyone returns next season?  I am thinking 18 points and 8 rebounds a game is a pretty fair expectation but I won’t put a ceiling on this kid, he has been tremendous and I am very thankful he has helped lead the Hoosiers back to relevance.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    I know. And here I was telling everyone I talked to last fall that they shouldn’t put too much of a burden on his shoulders, that he was going to be just a freshman, and at best, he’ll contribute positively but will need a year before he comes into his own and we all know what to expect.
    Talk about eating your own words. But I’ll eat those any day and smile when my prediction turns out to be an underestimate. He’s exceeded expectations by a large margin. And it’s only his first year! Can you imagine the next 2 years (yeah, I’m betting he’ll stay at least 3)? He’s going to be a monster by the time he’s a junior!

    Man, this is what it used to be like. This is what it can be again.