Cody Zeller Archive
Former Indiana All-American and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo isn’t the only former Hoosier standout who will get a taste of USA Basketball this summer.
USA Basketball officially announced the roster for its 2014 men’s select team and Cody Zeller will join Oladipo on the 13-man roster.
Zeller, who was a second team NBA All-Rookie selection, averaged 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in his first professional season in Charlotte.
Five former Indiana players — Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Noah Vonleh, Will Sheehey and Christian Watford — participated in the NBA summer league, which concludes later today in Las Vegas.
Oladipo played in the Orlando summer league, while Watford played both in Orlando and Las Vegas. Zeller, Vonleh and Sheehey played in Vegas. Here’s a look at how all five players performed:
· Zeller, Charlotte: 15.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals in 27.7 minutes per game.
The sample size was small — just three games — but the results were encouraging for Zeller, who may be in line for a bigger role following the departure of Josh McRoberts to Miami via free agency. Most impressive about Zeller’s play was his shooting from the field (58.6 percent) and the fact that he got to the line 20 times over three games.
His play was enough to draw the praise of Amin Elhassan at ESPN Insider:
Zeller has looked a lot more assertive on the floor this year and more sure of himself, and that confidence has definitely manifested itself in the box score, where he has shot an impressive 63 percent from the field (over his first two games). His combination of size and speed makes him an extremely tough cover, and he’s finding ways to get open looks around the rim by being active and taking full advantage of his physical gifts.
The complete 2014-2015 Indiana basketball schedule won’t be announced until the fall, but IU’s Big Ten opponents have already been confirmed as well as several non-conference contests.
The latest non-conference game to be confirmed is Grand Canyon University, which is coached by former Phoenix Suns guard Dan Majerle.
The Antelopes finished last season 15-15 overall, No. 241 in the KenPom.com rankings, No. 205 in the RPI and will visit Assembly Hall on Dec. 13.
According to AZCentral.com, Tom Crean was a student at Central Michigan when Majerle played there in the 1980s, which helped facilitate the game.
Grand Canyon, which is in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), added 2,000 seats to its arena this offseason.
Thus far, Indiana has three neutral site non-conference games confirmed for next season in Louisville, Butler and Georgetown and five non-conference games at Assembly Hall.
The home non-conference games released so far are SMU, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Lamar and Grand Canyon.
NBA summer league to feature several Hoosiers
We’ve already highlighted the additions of Christian Watford (Detroit, Golden State) and Will Sheehey (New York) to the NBA summer league, but each of IU’s lottery picks over the last two years will also participate.
“Rookie review” is Inside the Hall’s in-depth look at the debut NBA season for Indiana’s 2013 NBA draft lottery picks, Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo. We’ll recap the rookie season of both players as well as look to the future both from a team and individual perspective. First up: Zeller.
In a decision that was a surprise to many, the Charlotte Hornets, known as the Bobcats at the time, took Cody Zeller with the No. 4 pick in the 2013 NBA draft last June. Going into Zeller’s sophomore season at Indiana, many had pegged him as a potential No. 1 overall pick, but his stock had fallen somewhat and most projections had him going in the bottom half of the lottery.
But after a strong NBA draft combine showing and encouraging workouts, the Hornets snagged Zeller at No. 4, the first move of an offseason that would also include the signing of free agent Al Jefferson and the re-signing of veterans Gerald Henderson and Josh McRoberts.
Suddenly, the franchise had a team that could compete for a playoff spot in a depleted Eastern conference. And for Zeller, unlike many rookies drafted that high in the lottery, Charlotte’s offseason moves, particularly the acquisition of Jefferson, would allow him to be eased into the rotation surrounded by a solid core of veterans.
- Regular season: 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks, 42.6 FG%, 73.0 FT%, 13.12 PER, 17.3 minutes in 82 games.
- Postseason: 2.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 0.5 assists, 33.3 FG%, 50.0 FT%, 13.3 minutes in 4 games.
With Jefferson and McRoberts already established in the frontcourt, Zeller was brought along slowly by first-year head coach Steve Clifford and was primarily used as Charlotte’s first big man off the bench who provided energy.
After a first half of the season that was viewed as a bit of a disappointment, Zeller began to take off after the all-star break:
Former Indiana All-American and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo was named to the 2013-2014 NBA All-Rookie first team, the league announced on Thursday afternoon.
Oladipo, who finished as the runner-up to Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams in Rookie of the Year voting, averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his first NBA season.
Joining Oladipo and Carter-Williams on the NBA All-Rookie first team are Utah’s Trey Burke, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee and New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr.
Former Indiana forward Cody Zeller, who was drafted fourth overall in last June’s NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, was named to the All-Rookie second team.
Charlotte Bobcats rookie and former Indiana All-American Cody Zeller sits down with IUHoosiers.com to recap his rookie season and also talk about his time at Indiana. Video via IUAthletics on YouTube:
Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff.
· Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com writes that Indiana’s guard play will be very good next season.
· Indiana is adding the top two shooters in the country to its roster next season according to Evan Daniels.
· Rick Bozich of WDRB.com calls Kenny Johnson a “five-star” hire for the University of Louisville. He also writes that Tom Crean must respond to Rick Pitino’s shrewd move.
· Tom Dienhart of BTN.com hands out his final grades for Big Ten teams last season.
· Cody Zeller checks in with another Rookie Diary for SI.com and discusses facing the Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs.
· Michigan sophomore center Mitch McGary is headed to the NBA draft after failing a drug test in the NCAA tournament.
· C.L. Brown of ESPN.com examines the Big Ten in the World Wide Leader’s “Look back, look ahead” series.
· Victor Oladipo recaps his rookie season with the Orlando Magic.
· ESPN NBA draft analyst Chad Ford believes Noah Vonleh is “the one guy that could jump into the top four.”
· UMHoops.com examines Michigan’s frontcourt next season, which is young following the losses of Jordan Morgan, Jon Horford and McGary.
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