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40 - Cody Zeller

Indiana 

  • Birthday: 10/5/92
  • NBA Position: PF/C
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 7-0
  • Wt: 230
  • Hometown: Washington, IN
  • High School: Washington
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Overall

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NBA Comparison: LaMarcus Aldridge

Strengths: Bigman with an excellent basketball IQ and all around athlete ... A gazelle. Runs the floor extremely well for a 7 footer. He's also has great body control for a center, showing unusual ability to convert plays on the break ... Plays with great energy, a focused and intense competitor ... Highly unselfish, team guy and a willing passer with good vision for a big ... Puts winning and his team over individual accolades ... Fundamentally sound. Great feel for the game. Never seems to be in a rush and very deliberate with his moves ... Shows solid ability to face up and knock down mid-range jumpshots ... Displays good hands, rarely fumbles the ball ... Good rebounder, good technique, anticipation, getting low and boxing out ... A solid defender. Uses his size well to blanket opponents. Stays between his man and the basket and doesn't gamble or bite on fakes easily ... Hard working kid, who should only improve over time and become a very solid NBA player ... Shows a willingness to battle in the post, and gets to the line at a good rate where he converts 75%, (averaging 5 of 7 per game) ... Ceiling may be lower than some, but his basement is higher than most ... Upperbody, while still in need of more strength has shown solid improvement in his 2 year Indiana career ... Made a solid decision returning to Indiana for sophomore year as he enters the NBA with a better NBA body and overall readiness ... In a draft with few sure things, Zeller will be a desirable prospect as a player with little bust potential ... Was very successful matching up with Anthony Davis as a freshman. Showed confidence, and played him to a standstill scoring over him using great ball fakes, and helped IU get the upset victory over the eventual National Champions ... Durable. Never missed a game in his 2 year career ... Post game is solid, using good foot work and providing a solid target for post entry passes. Shows a solid understanding of the basics and just needs to develop more diversity to his moves ... Has the size and versatility to play either the 4 or 5 positions ... Should be able to come in and contribute immediately, which is more than can be said for most of the draft prospects this year ... Doesn't have any major holes in his game ...

Weaknesses: Not a shot blocker or much of a presence on the defensive end. Can be overwhelmed by stronger and more explosive opponents ... While very composed, his moves can be too predictable, leading to blocked shots ... Unselfish to a fault. May never be a huge scorer in the league ... Seems to be more comfortable in a secondary role. Lacks an alpha male personality. As the team's most talented player, it was clear that Indiana could have used a superstar, vocal leader, but he deferred to teammate Victor Oladipo, who assumed the role of team's go to player and inspirational leader. Should look to be more vocal ... Lacks great post moves. Surprisingly, his post game did not show the development in his sophomore season that many expected. Still has a lot of work to do to become an effective offensive player on the block ... Should look to develop a go to move on the block ... Humble to a fault. What makes him a solid player, patience and unselfishness, may also keep him from greatness. He lacks a fiery personality, and appears more comfortable being one of the guys instead of THE guy ... Really struggled late in the year, particularly in the tournament. Syracuse's length and 2-3 zone collapsed on him, and really limited his effectiveness. His athleticism appeared so ordinary, some wondered if he had an injury going on ... Did not make the significant jump in productivity in his sophomore year, in fact, his field goal percentage fell of significantly from FR to SO season ... Sort of a jack of all trades, master of none type ...

Notes: Registered one of the highest verticals in the combine testing with a 35.5 in the standing jump, and a 37.5 in the running jump, showing that he's an extremely underrated athlete ... Was integral in the rebirth of Indiana's program ... To his credit, Cody returned for his sophomore season to work on his game, despite being a lock to be a lottery pick had he entered the draft after his freshman year ...

Aran Smith 5/6/13

Strengths: Smart, skilled post player with a nice overall physical profile to play down low at the next level ... Good height, standing 6'11" ... Very mobile for a center ... Like his brother (Tyler Zeller), Cody runs the floor extremely hard and often catches the defense off-guard to score a few easy points ... Developing strength with the kind of frame that can support more muscle ... Very efficient scorer, (showing more creativity and skill than brother Tyler) in the post ... Excellent footwork and agility around the rim ... Shows the ability to finish well with either hand ... Very active without the ball ... Doesn't just wait in the post for the ball, will fight for better position or set screens to get teammates open ... Is a big threat on the offensive glass ... High basketball IQ, and doesn't make a lot of mistakes for a freshman ... Has a nice touch on his jump-shot, and is a quality free-throw shooter ... A good defender and comes up with a lot of steals ...

Weaknesses: Has added a lot of strength recently, but will need to add more to be as effective on both ends of the floor in the NBA ... Isn't ever likely to be much of a shot-blocker, due to his average wingspan and vertical explosiveness ... Defensive rebounding ability could stand to improve ... There are some concerns regarding his toughness and willingness to bang in the post …

Overall: Cody is considered to have the most potential out of the three Zeller brothers ... His talent alone will put him in first-round conversations, but he could sneak into the lottery depending on how he develops during his career at Indiana ...

Tyler Ingle 12/8/11

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