Cody Zeller named to Wooden Award midseason top 25

  • 01/10/2013 7:35 pm in

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Indiana sophomore Cody Zeller is one of 25 midseason finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, the national advisory board for the award announced on Thursday evening.

Through 15 games, Zeller is averaging 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

He’s one of four Big Ten players to be named a finalist, joining Illinois guard Brandon Paul, Michigan’s Trey Burke and Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas.

Current Indiana Director of Basketball Operations Calbert Cheaney was the last Hoosier to win the Wooden Award in 1993. Zeller was one of three freshman finalists last season for the award, joining Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

The complete list of finalists follows after the jump:

Anthony Bennett, 6-8, Fr., F, UNLV
Laurence Bowers, 6-8, Sr., F, Missouri
Trey Burke, 6-0, So., G, Michigan
Isaiah Canaan, 6-1, Sr., G, Murray State
Michael Carter-Williams, 6-6, So., G, Syracuse
Jack Cooley, 6-9, Sr., F, Notre Dame
Seth Curry, 6-2, Sr., G, Duke
Jamaal Franklin, 6-5, Jr., G, San Diego State
Erick Green, 6-3, Sr., G, Virginia Tech
Elias Harris, 6-8, Sr., F, Gonzaga
Pierre Jackson, 5-10, Sr., G, Baylor
Sean Kilpatrick, 6-4, Jr., G/F, Cincinnati
C.J. McCollum, 6-3, Sr., G, Lehigh
Doug McDermott, 6-8, Jr., F, Creighton
Ben McLemore, 6-5, Fr., G, Kansas
Brandon Paul, 6-4, Sr., G, Illinois
Mason Plumlee, 6-10, Sr., F, Duke
Otto Porter, Jr., 6-8, So., F, Georgetown
Phil Pressey, 5-11, Jr., G, Missouri
Marcus Smart, 6-4, Fr., G, Oklahoma State
Russ Smith, 6-0, Jr., G, Louisville
Deshaun Thomas, 6-7, Jr., F, Ohio State
Jeff Withey, 7-0, Sr., C, Kansas
Nate Wolters, 6-4, Sr., G, South Dakota State
Cody Zeller, 7-0, So., F, Indiana

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  • HoosierDawg

    Cody is a terrific player on a balanced team but he’s going to have to turn it up a notch to win the award this season. Beat Minny!

  • HoosierDawg

    Cody is a terrific player on a balanced team but he’s going to have to turn it up a notch to win the award this season. Beat Minny!

  • Dagwoods

    It’ll more likely come down to who’s team wins the National Championship.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    IU will need to play smarter as a team, boding well for Cody to be fed the ball in crunchtime. i.e. They failed to do this in the Butler loss with 3 big men in foul trouble toward the end of the game. They need to recognize Cody’s ability to take it to the hole and get fouled, converting 75 of his freethrows to put games away – or better yet converting the 3 pt play. I would love him to become one of the vocal leaders of this team.

  • Hoosier Cav

    Isn’t C.J. McCollum out for the year? How did he get named to this list. It would be nice to see Vic on here.

  • Why is Oladipo not on this list…

  • HoosierPat

    Oladipo should definitely be on this list. No one can convince me there are 25 better college basketball players than Vic.

  • HoosierPat

    Oladipo should definitely be on this list. No one can convince me there are 25 better college basketball players than Vic.

  • Not seeing Victor on this list is pretty disappointing. Cody deserves to be on the list as well, but so should VO.

  • Miamihoosier

    Prediction for Gus sometime in the first half: “OHH! Oladipo!… jams it home!! HA HA ! “

  • SCHoosier

    Agree on VO…I’d have to think Burke and/or McLemore of KU are the leaders of the pack at this time in the season.

  • Two Dukies on there? They should just change this award to “Prom King”.

  • IUMIKE1

    “Prom King”, lol, good line.

  • azhoosier

    Give Zeller four years (which probably won’t happen) and he would be as good if not better than Plumlee….You know that lamp was a..”major”…award…LOL

  • CreanFaithful

    Let’s just hope for three…

  • GWL

    I agree with the consensus: Victor is playing better than just about everyone, and is standing out in an incredibly stacked/deep team. Hope he stays all four years.