Around the Hall: Zeller getting bigger, offer for Pinson

  • 05/25/2012 10:21 am in

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

+ Gary Parrish of CBS Sports writes that Cody Zeller is getting bigger and better, according to everybody.

+ Jeff Goodman places Indiana at the top of the Big Ten in a “conference catchup” feature at CBS Sports.

+ Indiana offered a scholarship to 2014 Greensboro, N.C. forward Theo Pinson according to Justin Byerly of CarolinaPreps.com. Pinson checks in at No. 14 in the latest ESPN.com rankings.

+ Indiana checks-in at No. 1 in The Sporting News Top 25 for 2012-2013. Zeller is their No. 1 center.

+ Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star delivers his weekly recruiting notebook with updates on Ben Davis forward Brennan Gillis and a series of all-star games between the Indiana and Kentucky juniors.

+ Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal updates his Indiana basketball recruiting boards for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

+ Ohio State and Marquette are in negotiations to play a game on a Naval ship on or around Veteran’s Day.

+ John Calipari talks to WHAS11 in Louisville about the end of the Indiana-Kentucky series.

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  • CreamandCrimson

    Big Ten beware indeed. Cody was a beast last year, no doubt about that. However, he didn’t come back for another year at IU just to have fun on campus and be the most popular guy at the university (although those aren’t bad bonuses). Cody came back to be the best player in the country and to do whatever it takes to accomplish his goals (winning a National Championship).

    Those who saw him consistently in high school know he can knock down a jumper comfortably from 18-20 feet and we never really saw that last season. I think we will see an improved offensive repertoire, an improved defensive presence and if possible, an even bigger impact on the team than what he showed last season. Zeller has the tools and the mental toughness to have one of the best seasons in Indiana University history. I love summer and I love football but this is going to be a long offseason!

  • Sporting News also had Coach Crean as the top coach in the video.

  • Sporting News also had Coach Crean as the top coach in the video.

  • calbert40

    Exciting times! One of the links had some nice info on the B1G as a whole, and it looks to be stronger than last year, perhaps! The talent in the B1G right now is reminding me of the mid 80s to mid 90s period when, outside of just a couple teams, every night was a test and challenge.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Ha my favorite part of this: “Cody Zeller is getting bigger and better, according to EVERYBODY.”

    At least everyone is acknowledging it.

  • MillaRed

    When Cody sent a cocky Meyers Leonard to the bench with a sore face and ego, I realized I might have a new all-time favorite Hoosier.

    A jumper and better rebounding. The rest is already there.

    He’s half way to his degree already? Man this kid is a freak.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Man, that guy bugged me all year long. When Cody finished through Leonard’s chest and Meyers had that look on his face (to me, it looked like he was scared; like he knew he was beaten) I could not have been more excited.

  • Shknqk

    Something to be said for the Movements exposure to his excellence and ethic. Gonna hafta be humbling when drill seargent Cody puts it on you every day in practice. Might keep others an extra year… Just as coaches have legacy coaching trees, I suspect Cody will have a long lived pro player tree.

  • CreamandCrimson

    The Big Ten has a lot of great coaches and it is in position to be the best conference for a while. I thought about this some and in my opinion, here is a stock up/stock down for next year.
    IU- Stock Up
    Michigan- Stock Up (although replacing Novak and Douglass isn’t easy)
    MSU- Stock Down (Green did so much for them, Harris doesn’t replace all of it)
    OSU- Stock Down (unless Amir Williams is a consistent force)
    Wisconsin- Stock Down (they will finish 3rd or 4th because that’s what they do)
    Minnesota- Stock Up (a healthy Mbakwe makes them a borderline top 25 team)
    Iowa- Stock Down (Gatens made them tick and was consistently lethal)
    Purdue- Stock Down (they could be very good again in a year or two though)
    Northwestern- Stock Down
    Illinois- Stock Down
    Penn State- Still going to be Battle and nobody else
    Nebraska- Stock Down

    In my opinion, the league is still very good but I don’t think it will be quite as tough as it was last season.

  • CreamandCrimson

    The Big Ten has a lot of great coaches and it is in position to be the best conference for a while. I thought about this some and in my opinion, here is a stock up/stock down for next year.
    IU- Stock Up
    Michigan- Stock Up (although replacing Novak and Douglass isn’t easy)
    MSU- Stock Down (Green did so much for them, Harris doesn’t replace all of it)
    OSU- Stock Down (unless Amir Williams is a consistent force)
    Wisconsin- Stock Down (they will finish 3rd or 4th because that’s what they do)
    Minnesota- Stock Up (a healthy Mbakwe makes them a borderline top 25 team)
    Iowa- Stock Down (Gatens made them tick and was consistently lethal)
    Purdue- Stock Down (they could be very good again in a year or two though)
    Northwestern- Stock Down
    Illinois- Stock Down
    Penn State- Still going to be Battle and nobody else
    Nebraska- Stock Down

    In my opinion, the league is still very good but I don’t think it will be quite as tough as it was last season.

  • inLinE6

    Didn’t find that link. Where was it?

  • Oldguyy

    Know you meant Frazier for Penn St. I’m guessing Iowa will surprise you. They have a good-looking freshman big man named Woodbury who will go along well with White in the front line and their youngsters will improve. Losing Gatens will hurt, of course, but losing Cartwright is probably a positive. For Michigan, it’s hard (at least for me) to know whether Beilein will successfully change his whole offensive scheme to fit his players, which is what I think he’ll need to do.

  • CreamandCrimson

    You are correct…Frazier for Penn State. Oops.

    I have read some good things about Woodbury and White was pretty good for most of last season. If they can figure out how to get production from Basabe, they will have a very good frontline. They just relied on Gatens for so much on the perimeter that I hesitate to say they will improve without him.
    Good point on Michigan. We’ll see how Beilein structures things.

  • calbert40

    When you look at each team individually, it is about 50/50 on who will be better than they were last year. That said, I think that some of the teams that are “down” are going to be top 25 teams like OSU, MSU, Wisky, etc. I think when you add Minnesota, Iowa and PUke to the equation, I think there are 8 or 9 solid teams next year. Illinois, PSU and Nebraska should be lousy.

    I agree with Oldguyy on Iowa. I think they are turning the corner and
    could battle for an upper division finish soon. Losing Gatens will hurt
    them, but they have a nice class coming.

  • marcusgresham

    His first name is “Meyers.” He was born defeated.

  • marcusgresham

    His first name is “Meyers.” He was born defeated.

  • IUCubFan

    Disagree with Iowa’s stock being down. Very good recruiting class coming in to mix with White and Basabe. Not saying they are going to be good this year, but Fran has them headed in a good direction.

  • CZ is a great player but I hope the extra weight helps his rebounding. A guy his size needs to be more physical on both ends of the court. His rebounding should be double digits this year or his pro stock may not go up much.

  • NaplesHoosier

    who cares what the ….., …….,……head has to say about the end of IU-pUKe series…Sorry i just had to say this….Lets hope we can meet the ……, ……,….. in March! lol That willl be fun!!!!

  • Hoosierheart

    I noticed that as well…. I would love for him to start shooting more and open up the inside for penetration….

  • Hoosierheart

    I noticed that as well…. I would love for him to start shooting more and open up the inside for penetration….

  • dtfreed

    Hopefully Jurkin follows suit and is able to build enough muscle and skill to play early and allow Cody to roam a little. Did Leonard go pro or stay?

  • marcusgresham

    Leonard is gone. (So is Bruce Weber. I’m sure you know that, but I just like throwing it in there.)

  • marcusgresham

    Leonard is gone. (So is Bruce Weber. I’m sure you know that, but I just like throwing it in there.)

  • Matt

    One think that surprised me—and I think a LOT of people and opposing players, was the speed of Zeller. Guy can run the floor really well, especially for his size. If he can keep up that quickness while adding more muscle and explosiveness in the post…

  • IUJeff

    Great to see any press with “Mo Creek” in it. Awesome that they mention him as a factor in IU being so highly ranked.

    Man, I hope he is really back this year. http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/19136800/conference-catchup-with-zeller-back-indiana-looks-like-big-tens-best

  • IUJeff

    Great to see any press with “Mo Creek” in it. Awesome that they mention him as a factor in IU being so highly ranked.

    Man, I hope he is really back this year. http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/19136800/conference-catchup-with-zeller-back-indiana-looks-like-big-tens-best

  • IUJeff

    That play was the greatest. Here is a player that truly gets it and can get a message across when he needs to without getting into any type of altercation like the pros have to.

    Talk about maturity and being well grounded. I really hope Cody stays 3 years. Wishful thinking I know, but we would have the beginnings of a dynasty if he stayed 4 and passed the baton on to Trey and company.