It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Cody Zeller in the NBA.
One of the Indiana Hoosiers‘ biggest stars declared for the draft earlier this week and it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. Zeller was the preseason player of the year in the nation and he had a stellar year with Indiana even though he came up short in his bid to be tabbed as the top player in the country. He was also unable to help lead Indiana to a national championship. Zeller led the Hoosiers in scoring at 16.5 points per game and grabbed 8.1 rebounds per game. He was one of the top scorers in the Big Ten and shot 56.2 percent from the field. Losing Zeller is big for the Hoosiers. While another year in college basketball probably wouldn’t hurt his cause, you can’t blame the guy for wanting to take his game to the next level.
In a press conference held at Indiana, Zeller, who runs the floor well for a big man and should benefit from that in the NBA, talked about taking the next step in his basketball career.
“The past two years here have been probably the best two years of my life. Being able to play basketball for these coaches and with the guys in that locker room and in front of the fans of Indiana has been great,” Zeller said in the press conference. “At this part in my life I think it’s best for me to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA.”
None of us are in a position to tell him otherwise. It’s his decision and my guess it will turn out to be a good one.
Brian Lester is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993.