Five-star center Stephen Zimmerman talks Indiana offer

071313cbxINDIANAPOLIS — Class of 2015 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) center Stephen Zimmerman arrived at the adidas Invitational with strong interest from Indiana. He’ll leave the state with a scholarship offer.

On Saturday afternoon, Zimmerman tweeted that he’d been offered a scholarship by the Hoosiers and talked about the latest development in his recruitment following Dream Vision’s 73-64 loss to the Eric Gordon All-Stars.

“I’m real honored,” Zimmerman, who has offers from more than 20 schools, said. “It’s an amazing school, especially for people at my position. I was really excited.”

The message from the Indiana staff, according to the 6-11 lefty, has been fairly straight forward.

“They think I can help them win a championship and that I’ll be a great fit there,” he said. “They’re a really good team, they work with big men really well. They get big men to perform the best that they can and they have an amazing coaching staff.”

A consensus top 10 prospect in his class, Zimmerman is a highly skilled big man that can step out and knock down shots or play on the block.

“He can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. He’s just scratching the surface of what he’s going to be athletically,” his AAU coach, Clayton Williams, said. “He’s a special kid. If he keeps maturing, it’s going to be hard to figure him out because he can literally play three positions.”

While he didn’t play particularly well in his final game in Indianapolis as he scored just four points, the five-star center admitted on Thursday that attacking more consistently is a point of emphasis for improvement moving forward.

“Being (more) aggressive, that’s probably my main thing,” Zimmerman said. “That’s been a big downfall in my game lately, so I need to be more aggressive.”

Naturally, Zimmerman’s ability to run the floor will be compared to Cody Zeller, who recently went No. 4 overall in last month’s NBA Draft. The development of both Zeller and Victor Oladipo, who was the No. 2 pick, has been a hot topic among recruits in recent weeks and the Las Vegas native is no exception.

“They compared me to Cody Zeller. They basically said they can help me perform the best that I can and get to the next level,” he said. “That’s a big factor because my ultimate goal is to be in the NBA.”

Despite the heavy interest in his recruitment, Zimmerman isn’t saying much about which schools he likes the most at this point. He said his family is helping to manage much of the process and added that he doesn’t have any visits planned this summer.

“Once the school season starts, I’ll be more into it,” Zimmerman said. “Right now, I’m just trying to get better and have fun.”

  • ScoopGeoff

    Good news… The best news for Zim is that when he leaves IU he’ll be “really” honored…

  • Snookafly

    I hope we see Zimmerman and Jeter at C and PF.

  • SCHoosier

    “Get better and have fun”..that’s what this young man should be doing right now. Again…IU in the front of the pack with relationships and an offer..about all they can do now. Love hearing a kid say his family will be heavily involved..because development and academics will make a difference and hopefully so with the recruiting approach of the IU staff. Half way thru the July evaluation period..and I’m already exhausted.. Can’t imagine what the coaches are thinking.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    CTC has gone from trying to thread the needle and find 3 & 4 star recruits under the radar to being in the mix for many of the 5 star recruits.

    If Sheehey ends up being a first rounder and Vonleh turns into a lottery pick CTC will be able to pick his 6 stars.

    Recruits will realize that CTC develops guys into the NBA whereas Calipari simply recruits NBA ready talent.

  • gary3411

    Sheehey a first rounder hahah.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    Apparently we can’t refrain from mention UK’s coach since you despise the practice but mentioned him yourself.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    You could have said the same thing about VO 12 months ago, so don’t count out the 365 guys.

  • HoosierTrav

    Victor’s upside was through he roof. Cant say the same for Will. He’s got NBA athleticism but I’m not sure I see first round potential in Will. If C-Wat and Jordy went undrafted, I think its obvious that Will Sheehey is NOT a first round draft option. ESPECIALLY with the crop that is coming out this year.

  • SCHoosier

    The kid’s 16..don’t think he’s gonna be serious with anybody for a while (if he and his family are smart) Pulling him from west of the Great Divide given all the schools who will be chasing him would indeed be a major coup for ‘ol IU!

  • Caleb Moore

    Kid is just going to be a Junior, so still time, but you want to be more successful with your aggression? Get in the weight room……..like yesterday. You get up to at least 230+ with a post move and then I will buy the hype. Based on his games this weekend, you can easily see his ranking is based on his potential and not his game now.

  • Gregory Spera

    I, for one, AM envious of Calipari’s recruiting. Sure he’s sleazy, but anyone who says he isn’t the best is just kidding themselves.

  • inLinE6

    He’s 2nd rounder on next year’s mock draft. With plenty of play minutes, and hopefully some improvement, I can see him sneaking in 1st round. At least there’s some opportunity there.

  • Ottomatic

    You act like you are surprised that a 6’11 high school junior-to-be is not muscularly built already. Look at Eron Gordon right now, he’s skinny as a pole bean. I’m sure that in 3-4 years though, he will be ripped like his older brothers. Relax, stop being so critical of a kid, and let nature run it’s course.

  • That One Guy

    Sheehy will not have an NBA career.

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