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Only slightly more aggressive than John Henson, Tyler Zeller doesn't get very physical positioning for rebounds. However, I have seen him gradually get more aggressive with each passing season. Physical or not, Z finds a way to shine the glass—especially on the offensive end.
In 2011-12, Zeller took over Henson's spot as the leading offensive rebounder on the team, racking up 146 of them—57 more than the second-place Henson. That averages out to 3.8 of his 9.6 rebounds per game. Zeller's motor just has another gear on the offensive end, for whatever reason.
It also may have to do with him being the lead on most of the Tar Heels' fast breaks, therefore there's no hanging around for a rebound—let Henson get it and go. We will get into that later, though.
Zeller seems to have a keen feel for where the ball is going to land and uses the bad positioning of his opponents to his advantage. He is a crafty player with a high basketball I.Q. who finds a way to clean the boards without a strong physical presence.
He recorded a 20-20 game against Ohio in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, scoring 20 points and posting a career-high 22 rebounds.
Zeller also has a way of turning rebounds he can't get both hands on into tip passes—actually directing it to a specific player.
Continuing to get more physical, as he has throughout his career at Chapel Hill, will go a long way in making him a more efficient rebounder at the next level. Zeller could be considered a great rebounder if he makes a transition to the 4.
As a center, however, he will have to get more physical to find adequate rebounds in the NBA.