Zeller to announce “future plans” today, expected to enter NBA Draft

  • 04/10/2013 10:01 am in

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A day after junior All-American Victor Oladipo announced he would forgo his senior season and declare for the 2013 NBA Draft, Indiana is expected to lose another All-American early to the NBA.

Sophomore Cody Zeller, according to reports by Bob Kravitz and Dustin Dopirak, will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the 2013 NBA Draft.

The announcement is expected to take place at approximately 4:10 p.m. at Assembly Hall and will be shown live on IUHoosiers.com.

An IU spokesperson said the press conference will discuss Zeller’s “future plans,” the same wording used leading up to Oladipo’s announcement.

Zeller is projected as a lottery pick in several mock drafts, with DraftExpress.com ranking him as the No. 6 overall prospect.

The 7-foot big man was a second team AP All-American and averaged 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks and shot 56.2 percent from the field as a sophomore.

Zeller’s departure means that Indiana is now at 14 scholarship players for the 2013-2014 season.

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  • metalate

    What do you mean “they did make a commitment”? Would you feel differently if Cody had told Crean before signing that I will give my all to IU while I’m there, but as soon as I am assured of being a 1st-round pick, I want to leave. If Crean says “sure, I’m happy to have you join us under those conditions” (and he certainly would), then who’s in the wrong there?

  • metalate

    The old “white guy” comparison fallacy. They’re both white and tall, so they must be the same!

    Hansbrough was 3 years older (23 vs 20) when he left. Hansbrough is only 6-9. Hansbrough doesn’t run the floor or leap nearly as well as Cody, and Hansbrough isn’t nearly the shot blocker that Cody is (he had 12 his last year at UNC and averages 0.2/game in the pros!). Yeah, they both may not have good enough post games to dominant in the NBA, at least right now, but the comparison likely ends there.

  • Ole Man

    Sitting here, actually sick to my stomach knowing what’s coming.
    Wow. After watching this team “grow up” and become a blue blood program again, it’s really difficult to see these guys leaving.
    But All the best!

  • Hawg49Pan

    I just never thought Cody would be a quitter, very sad day! 🙁

  • Hawg49Pan

    I just never thought Cody would be a quitter, very sad day! 🙁

  • MillaRed

    Uhhhh, The Movement had nothing to do with Zeller SC. That was all the Yogi class.

  • MillaRed

    Let’s just say whatever it was, it didn’t have the impact of a Glen Rob III, Mitch McGary, Nick Stauskas and Spike Albrecht.

  • Finally. The pressure lightens some on the expectations. Although any team could win a Banner. GO IU.

  • Kevin Tolliver

    What makes him a quitter? He is finishing school and starting a career that pays millions and he is doing something he loves and supporting a great organization that helps people. Thats what I wish for my kids everyday!

  • Kevin Tolliver

    Things are different now. If your program doesn’t produce NBA top draft picks you are going to be left behind and fast. As a coach you have to recruit both 1 and 2 year players with players that can develop over 3 or 4 years. There is no one better than Crean in recruiting this delicate balance. And if Ind. shows a consistency at winning and getting players to NBA there is no limit how well this program can do.

  • metalate

    Interesting question. I suppose it’s hard to see Oladipo as an all-star without much better handle skills. and projecting him as “good” in the NBA hinges on believing that the 3-point shooting this year will hold up and translate to the longer NBA line. So I’d say Zeller? A mobile, agile 7-footer with good hands and a decent mid-range shot is hard to come by, and I think it’s a lock you’ll be getting that from Zeller.

    But if you go on trajectory, Vic has been improving by leaps and bounds, and I thought Zeller made relatively little progress this year. I’m intrigued to see both of them.

  • SCHoosier

    Understand..my meaning was that Zeller’s IU involvement made it easier for Yogi and the others to sell a commit to the “Movement”…which turned out maybe to be more like a “quiver” ??

  • I agree with you on the draft spot, he won’t get any higher so he might as well cash in now. However you’re other 2 points are way off. First, the list of big men top NBA picks that ended up as busts is too long to list but its safe to say that just because you are a high pick doesn’t mean you will be a success in the league. I think the other point that most people miss is on the development side, sure going against NBA level players versus HMP would be better for him, if that was the case. But in reality bench players get very little playing time or practice time during the NBA season. There’s multiple games per week plus travel aside from the other tasks such as PR, press interviews etc. And when he does practice very little of the focus will be on him as he’s not a starter and the coach will focus on the players that play and determine his success and have little time for a project that might be good in a few years.

  • Hawg49Pan

    That’s easy, a “National Letter of Intent” is a FOUR year commitment to a school. If you leave before your four years are up, you’ve quit. Especially true, if you leave without your degree.
    Contrary to popular opinion, Colleges are NOT NBA farm teams, The NBA should go back to the “Hardship” draft and stop raiding the college ranks at will!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    And Bracey Wright.

  • Hawg49Pan

    Still QUIT school without his degree, quitter!!

    The NBA has ruined college basketball, that’s the real result. That’s not just with Cody, that applies to all the raids of the college ranks.
    I do wish Cody luck, I’m just sad I’ll never see him play again. That’s right, I DO NOT watch NBA gutter ball!

    As for just a one year commitment, why would they have to sit out a year and lose a years eligibility if they transfer to another school???

  • Kevin Tolliver

    For the record… I will not watch NBA and don’t know how they make any money. Back to the quitter comment, I never saw where he has dropped out of school yet so he hasn’t QUIT his degree, and I would be willing to bet anything he will get his degree within 2 years. He has made the University a lot of money and help the future of the program as well, so the money given to him for school is $ well spent. The problem isn’t the players such as Cody, its a great opportunity for him to make money, continue what he loves, help out kids, families, and communities. How anyone can hate on Cody and call himself a Hoosier fan is beyond me. I agree that the NCAA and NBA need to work out at least a 3 year hold on players but until they do its just how things are. (He isn’t quitting anything like many of the UK players do after one year and not finishing school.)

  • Hawg49Pan

    I’m sorry Kevin, I guess we are misunderstanding each other, we do agree on a lot of points. I do not mean to hate on Cody by calling him a quitter, he has quit the program, no doubt, and he’ll get his degree, i am sure of that. Yes, he has made a lot of money for our University, although it could have been a lot more. He was not a one and done like Eric Gordon or a lot of pUKe players, but I still wish he would have stayed.
    Bottom line, how much more could he have done for the kids, the families, the community and the University had he stayed and completed his four years??? That is my point!