Basketball Prospectus examines the burden placed on Cody Zeller
The Washington, Indiana, product may also provide support in two other areas for the Hoosiers. His mere presence in the paint could generate more blocks for Indiana, which finished last in the league in block percentage last year. On the other end of the court, Crean will run some offensive sets through Zeller to generate more high-percentage scoring opportunities. After connecting on just 48 percent of their two-pointers a year ago, it will be a luxury for the Hoosiers to be able to feed a big man who can create offense close to the basket. And if he and his teammates can cut down on the fouls, Indiana may just end the season with some momentum heading into their destiny year.
No matter what becomes of the Hoosiers in 2011-12, there will be a microscope on Cody Zeller throughout the season. That microscope is focusing on him in a manner that no other top-25 freshman has seen in at least the last four seasons. The next time you read about the massive expectations awaiting Zeller this year, tip your cap to the young man. He’s a rare breed among elite recruits.
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