Around the Hall: Watford, Zeller returning for run at title

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff:

+ Dustin Dopirak of the Herald-Times looks at the decisions of Christian Watford and Cody Zeller to return for the 2012-2013 season: “Christian Watford apparently decided that his NBA draft stock wasn’t high enough to justify leaving a potential preseason No. 1 team. Cody Zeller apparently decided no draft position would be high enough to justify forgoing three years of college.”

+ Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com writes that “On Tuesday morning, Indiana probably became the favorite to win next season’s national championship.

+ Rick Bozich of The Louisville Courier-Journal believes that Tuesday’s news puts the Hoosiers in the top three next season.

+ Terry Hutchens of The Indianapolis Star begins to dig in on IU’s scholarship crunch for next season and breaks down the possible scenarios.

+ Kevin Scarbinsky of The Birmingham News, Watford’s hometown paper, writes that the IU junior was willing to go his own way when he left the state three years ago and is doing so again by choosing to come back for his senior season.

+ Ryan Greene of the Dagger at Yahoo! Sports examines the decisions of Watford, Zeller and Michigan’s Trey Burke to return and the impact on the Big Ten.

+ Mike Marot of the Associated Press writes that both Watford and Zeller have bigger plans for the 2012-2013 season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001505307552 Kyle Etherington

    What is this feeling? Could it be? Yes it is! A smile that will not be removed from my face for quite sometime! The push for Banner 6 begins now!

  • Neiswanger

    What does it mean?  Well it means BANNERS, and it means that every other program in the BIG just said “oh crap”. 

  • millzy32

    The hype is getting a little overwhelming but I still like it.  Sadly, someone needs to go to make the scholly situation work out.  It’s going to come down to one of two players I’m afraid.  This is the part that stinks.  If Creek can’t come back healthy then do they just cut his scholly and make him get financial aid?  That’s rough.   If he can come back healthy then who goes?  A tough decision is going to have to be made but sadly most won’t care because we are winning again. 

  • millzy32

    The hype is getting a little overwhelming but I still like it.  Sadly, someone needs to go to make the scholly situation work out.  It’s going to come down to one of two players I’m afraid.  This is the part that stinks.  If Creek can’t come back healthy then do they just cut his scholly and make him get financial aid?  That’s rough.   If he can come back healthy then who goes?  A tough decision is going to have to be made but sadly most won’t care because we are winning again. 

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    Smart move on Watford’s part.  A good run next yr means he is a first rounder and has a shot at making an NBA roster.  The team is made for him and CZ.  Next yr will be great….Watford hits big shots in big games and his stock will only increase.   Smart move.  CZ is interesting.  His stock is good now but he needs the strength to get through an NBA season.  It will be interesting to see how his brother does.  I think Cody is better but his brother is stronger and should do well in the NBA.  I see Cody staying all 4 yrs but if his brother has a break out yr then CZ could be gone next yr.

  • IU_Fan_90

    I think he stays 3, he will be able to get his degree due to summer classes and should be hanging #6 up in the next two years. Not sure wht more a 4th year would do unless they don’t win the NC in the next two years and he wants another shot at it

  • Southport65

    This is all great news!! It then leaves Coach with just 2 more major decisions left to make for next season. 1. Who will be his assistant coach? (I hope CC).  2. How will he handle the scholarship issues?(I hope no one leaves). Once this is out of the way he can totally focus on winning the Big Ten and making a run for banner number #6. Things look bright for IU!!!

  • iufan4life10

    3.  Who do we play in the OOC schedule (KU or UK)?

  • Miamihoosier

    If you took our 5 best players next year out, say it’s Zeller, Watford, Yogi, VO, and Perrea, you could start Hulls, Creek, Sheehey, Hollowell, and Elston, and still have a top 25 team……….when is the last time a school could field two top 25 squads from its own 14 man roster……. this is crazy

  • Miamihoosier

    If you took our 5 best players next year out, say it’s Zeller, Watford, Yogi, VO, and Perrea, you could start Hulls, Creek, Sheehey, Hollowell, and Elston, and still have a top 25 team……….when is the last time a school could field two top 25 squads from its own 14 man roster……. this is crazy

  • hoosier_kamp

     no chance that would be a top 25 team… barely better than 3 years ago. I expect little out of creek

    but i get your point, we have a lot of depth and should run up and down floor and Zeller still fits in that tempo. Should be a really fun season

  • millzy32

    Lets just hope everyone stays healthy.  That’s a major key.  Also, to make your point correct Creek would have to get healthy which may be a stretch at this point.  Everyone would love to see Creek come back and have a terrific year.  That would truly make this a special season.  Stranger things have happened.  Hummel came back after missing two years tearing the same knee twice which hardly ever happens.

  • Oldguyy

    Hummel only missed one year.  His first ACL tear was on February 24, 2010, near the end of the 2009-10 season.  He sat out the 2010-11 season after tearing the same ACL on the first day of practice in October, 2010.

  • Outoftheloop

    In an earlier thread I had a mild dispute with some other posters about the “real” impact of the NCAA’s rule of declaring interest in the NBA draft on 4/3, getting feedback form the NBA Advisory panel by 4/6, and then opting “in or out” by 4/10; versus the NBA rule of declaring for the draft by 4/29. I have found the answers in a USA Today article of 4/10 by Nicole Auerbach, “New Draft rule leads to flurry of off-court activity”. It seems that we were both correct. A player can say he is “undecided” until 4/29 and then enter the draft; a player can say he is interested on 4/3, get the feedback on 4/6, and withdraw saying that he is going to school on 4/10, and still enter the draft on 4/29. However, the player can have no third party-even family members-getting information about his draft stock from any source without jeopardizing his college eligibility, except from his college coach, who may make calls and talk to contacts for the player. So the only thing that you can learn about your draft status from 4/6 until 4/29 is from your college coach. This rule gives Calipari a tremendous advantage since his whole program is built around one and two year players going Pro. Coach Cal tells his players to ignore the NCAA rule, let him scout the player’s draft status, and declare in or not by 4/29. Once you declare for the NBA draft on 4/29 the NCAA has no power over the player or the program for the player’s actions. Further the NCAA has no real capability to investigate and judge cheating by a player, 3rd party, or coach to ban the player for the next season if no one talks and the player never “entered” the NBA Draft. This is a perfect KY cheating scenario. Only “clean” programs like IU use the 4/3, 4/6, 4/10 NCAA rule.

  • OldIUGymnast

    They can put Creek on a medical and get the scholarship back if he is indeed struggling.  That being said, I hope he is 100% and gets to realize his potential as a player (and is able to make a few bucks in the NBA).  And don’t forget that Jordan Hulls doesn’t need his scholarship – he can get his tuition paid through another source and walk on if this is still an issue (and he would FOREVER be a hero to IU).

  • millzy32

    Alright if we are being specific he missed the last few games of one year including all tourney games in the big ten and ncaa and then the entire following season. 

    So by your definition Creek has only missed one season being last season.

    You may be correct in saying that but most people probably feel like Creek has missed the majority of 3 seasons. 

  • millzy32

    Who would the “Other Source” paying for Hulls be?  I understand if you mean his parents but why would they do that if they didn’t have to?  If it’s a booster then it sounds shady.  If it’s some other random scholarship that pops out of nowhere it still sounds kinda shady.

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