Film Session: Zeller outside of the low post

Indiana sophomore seven-footer Cody Zeller pumped in 22 points  in Monday night’s win against North Dakota State.

A look at four scores where the big man flashed his offensively versatility outside the low post in the latest edition of Film Session.

I.

Zeller jostles for position down low as Jordan Hulls looks to get the ball into him:

Zeller gets around in front of Marshall Bjorkland and receives an entry pass from Jordan Hulls:

Zeller gets the ball just a few feet in front of the 3-point line and faces up as Bjorkland gives him a decent amount of space:

He takes the jumper and hits:

We heard a lot about Zeller playing more of a perimeter game at times heading into the season, and here was our first example of  it in the young 2012-13 campaign.

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II.

Off a set inbounds play, Hulls passes to Victor Oladipo as Zeller immediately heads to the ball:

Zeller sets a pick for Oladipo:

He rolls to the hoop and gets a feed from him:

Dunk:

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III.

Yogi Ferrell passes to Zeller in the left high post:

Zeller makes a move right:

Spins left:

And scores:

Nice little move here, and another feather in the cap for his versatile offensive game.

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IV.

Zeller blocks a Kory Brown shot:

Hulls tips it back to him:

And he’s off to the races with a pass to Remy Abell:

Abell passes back to Zeller:

Who’s fouled on a dunk:

Nothing new here. Zeller’s ability to run the floor and score in transition is well documented at this point in his career.

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  • jayrig5

    I know people have been focusing on his face-up game/jump shooting, which he obviously has in the arsenal.

    But that drive and spin from the high post is so impressive. Can’t imagine many college bigs that can stay in front of him in that situation. And that obviously goes hand in hand with hitting more jumpers; if defenders have to respect the drive, he can hit 16-foot jumpers all day. He’s so incredibly versatile, and I like what the coaches have him doing in the offense.

  • marcusgresham

    As I said in an earlier post, Zeller’s opportunity to expand his game to the perimeter has been hindered by the lack of depth on the front line, but when Jurkin, Mosquera-Perea, and Elston return I think we’ll see a lot more of what we read about all summer.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    wow. Those plays didn’t seem as impressive on Monday, but now rewatching them… I think it comes down to us expecting him to be this good and thats crazy. And remember, all this was done on a night when Crean said he probably shouldn’t have played.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    When your guards (Ferrell, Oladipo) and wings (Sheehey, and again, Oladipo) can take it to the rim and your big men (Wat, Zeller) can step outside the low post (or live there, as Watford does), you have a lethal team.

    Once they get their defense up, IU’s going to be scary. As it is, you don’t want to get in a shooting match with them; can you imagine what it’ll be like once they get the ability to force stops at will?

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    When your guards (Ferrell, Oladipo) and wings (Sheehey, and again, Oladipo) can take it to the rim and your big men (Wat, Zeller) can step outside the low post (or live there, as Watford does), you have a lethal team.

    Once they get their defense up, IU’s going to be scary. As it is, you don’t want to get in a shooting match with them; can you imagine what it’ll be like once they get the ability to force stops at will?

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