Why he’s here: Zeller showed remarkable poise and polish for a freshman big man, no doubt a result of years of playing against older brothers Luke and Tyler, both Division I players, at home. He averaged 15.6 points per game while shooting 62.3 percent from the floor, which was fourth in the country. He also proved to be adept at drawing contact (216 free-throw attempts) while staying out of foul trouble (2.7 fouls per game).
His challenge: From the moment he signed at IU, Zeller has been seen as the catalyst to the Hoosiers’ return to national prominence. There are so many weapons at Indiana—Sporting News’ preseason No. 1 team—that Zeller’s effectiveness won’t necessarily be judged by individual numbers, but he will be judged by his team’s success.
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