We continue our look at potential Phoenix Suns draft picks for this summer’s 2013 NBA Draft and today we look at Indiana sophomore center Cody Zeller. His two older brothers, Tyler and Luke, both play in the NBA, and ironically, Luke is currently on the Suns roster, although he will never see the light of day because he is not good.
Cody had a terrific freshman season last year at IU, and a lot of people felt he would declare early because he was a lock to be chosen in the lottery. This Zeller, just like his brothers, is unlike most: he values education and college first, and wasn’t ready to leave. Tyler, who attended North Carolina, could have left early as well, but decided to remain in school for all four years to complete his undergraduate degree.
Cody is a great prospect, but he was certainly over-hyped before the season began, and will most likely no longer be the number one overall pick as many projected going into this year. He has a lot of nice strengths, including his ability to run the floor on both ends, his ability to take his man off the dribble, and his overall length blocking shots. He still needs to get stronger, finish better against contact, and still make improvements on his outside shot. He is not a bad outside shooter but harnessing that skill will only make him a more complete player. He is a guy that will not be a franchise changer in the mold of Anthony Davis from last season, but a Chris Kaman comparison is certainly justified.
The Suns are essentially on the clock for the upcoming draft, and Cody Zeller would be another guy they figure to take a hard look at.