Q & A: Cody Zeller talks future in Charlotte

  • 06/28/2013 7:26 am in

IUUNCITH0013Former Indiana big man Cody Zeller was the No. 4 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft to the Charlotte Bobcats. Zeller met with assembled media at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn afterward for a brief Q & A (transcript via ASAP Sports):

THE MODERATOR: Start with an opening statement about your feelings about getting drafted.

CODY ZELLER: I’m so excited for Charlotte, playing with the Bobcats. It’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s one of my top choices just because it’s a young group of guys with Kemba Walker and Kidd?Gilchrist especially. Guys with good motors that play the right way. They get up and run. It’s a good group of young guys. Charlotte seems like a great city. I think all around it’s a great fit for me.

Q. Cody, we talked before and you said you don’t think you’re going to be around in the end of the lottery. How soon did you know you were going to Charlotte?

CODY ZELLER: I was just kidding my agent because he didn’t bail me out. He didn’t tell me. I didn’t know until David Stern announced it. It’s a crazy process not knowing, but I’m definitely excited that I ended up with the Bobcats.

Q. Cody, I wanted to ask you about, Charlotte hasn’t been the most stable organization in the past few years. Talk about going into that organization. Do you feel there’s extra pressure, putting pressure on yourself and your teammates to be able to try to turn it around as quickly as possible?

CODY ZELLER: I’ve always dealt with pressure growing up with two older brothers through high school, through college. So I don’t think that will affect me too much. I’m ready to go in there to work and make a difference. Bringing my work ethic every day and see where it takes me.

Q. Were you a Michael Jordan fan growing up? And have you talked to him at all during this whole process?

CODY ZELLER: Yeah, a huge fan obviously. One of the, if not the, best player to ever play the game. It is unbelievable. It’s unbelievable I’ll be able to talk with him and learn from him. It will be an unbelievable experience for me.

Q. Cody, the Charlotte Bobcats really don’t have that franchise guy. Can you be that franchise guy?

CODY ZELLER: I’m not worried about the title of franchise guy or anything. I’m going to come in and try to be the hardest-working guy, is what I’m going to try to be. Hopefully the other guys there will follow my lead or I’ll join them, if it’s a good group of hard-working guys, then the team is going to start winning.

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  • SCHoosier

    I am very happy for Cody and IU b-ball…but the Bobcats are the Kings of the east..an awful franchise. MJ might have been the best player of all time..but his track record in Washington and Charlotte for building franchises is close to a “ZERO”. The Bobcats are on record as needing a traditional big man..and I can understand their interest in Zeller who can run, etc. But he will NOT be a traditional big man. Hopefully Cody can adjust..get some time at the 4..and make his mark. I have a feeling …Zeller might have to wait until his next contract with a more compatible team before his pro-potential will be realized. Hope I am wrong. He certainly is going to get his minutes. Good luck Cody!

  • BlakeD1223

    I’m expecting Cody to shock a lot of the doubters out there. If he opens up that outside game with his jumper he’s going to be hard to stop. The NBA will be able to use him in a few different ways possible. I can’t wait to watch Zeller and Cody play next year!

  • HoosierTrav

    Cody has the skill set to be a more athletic Dirk Nowitzki. I wish he would have used the parts of his game that we all knew he had but oh well. He provided me with some unforgettable joyous moments. I really think he is going to be an NBA all star someday.

  • Jeremy Johnson

    Good answers, Cody. Do IU proud and have a solid NBA career that makes talented young players want to come and play for IU and Tom Crean. Good luck, dude.