2013 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Cody Zeller, Center, Indiana
Name: Cody Zeller
Latest Stats: 16.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 1.3 apg
Cody Zeller burst onto the scene two seasons ago, helping put the Indiana Hoosiers back within the college basketball spotlight. Zeller could have opted to leave the collegiate ranks after just one season, but he made the decision to return this past year in the hopes of a Final Four and potential National Championship. That did not pan out accordingly and now Zeller is leaving Bloomington and entering his name into the 2013 NBA Draft.
Zeller is an intriguing prospect and a sure-fired lottery pick this upcoming June. At 7-feet tall, Zeller has great size and a refined offensive game around the rim. Zeller took the extra year at Indiana to improve on his strength, but will he have the ability to bang down low with the bigs at the NBA level? Someone will take a chance on Zeller and more than likely that opportunity will come within the top ten of the draft.
Strengths: Zeller has a tremendous amount of talent. He has a great arsenal of offensive moves and is a more refined player on that end of the court than his older brother, Tyler Zeller, who was taken in the first round of the NBA Draft just a season ago. Zeller has great mobility for a 7-footer and his strength development will give him a better opportunity to step in and impact an NBA franchise almost immediately.
Weaknesses: Zeller has the ability to be a solid NBA player, but he must showcase a better form of toughness at the next level. The 7-footer has the most potential in comparison to his older brothers, but what sort of impact will he have down low when he has to square up against more athletic big men?
Draft Projection: Top Ten
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