College Basketball: Is Cody the Best of the Zeller Brothers?

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IMay 26, 2012

College Basketball: Is Cody the Best of the Zeller Brothers?

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    Not too many families can say that they have a son that is playing major college basketball.

    Even fewer can legitimately claim that they have two sons who have "laced 'em up" for D-I schools.

    It is an extremely rare situation for one family to have three sons who have all been good enough to not only play but start for schools such as Notre Dame, North Carolina and Indiana.

    The Zeller family from Washington, Indiana (population 11,500) has done just that.

    Luke, Tyler and Cody each had great success at the high school level before going on to play at some highly respected schools/programs.

    The family may not attempt to determine which of the brothers is the best, but we can take our shot at it.

    Here's a quick look at their respective college performances, and how Cody Z may be the best of the three.

Luke Zeller: Notre Dame (2005 to 2009)

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    Luke Zeller was a solid post player for the Fighting Irish from 2005 to 2009.

    During his four years in South Bend, the oldest of the three Zellers played in 128 games, making 32 starts.

    The 6'11" forward had career averages of 4.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg.

    He was named a team captain his senior season.

    Notre Dame had a four-year record of 86-45 during Zeller's time in the program.

Tyler Zeller: North Carolina (2008 to 2012)

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    Tyler Zeller improved steadily every year that he was at UNC.

    The 7'0", 250 lb Tar Heel center went from being a gawky freshman who scored 3.1 ppg and grabbed two boards per game to one of college basketball's best post players in 2011-12 (16.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg).

    Carolina benefited greatly from Zeller's superior footwork and post moves, which consistently put him in position to score.

    Fouling him was not a very good idea. Zeller knocked down 407-of-525 free throws (77.5 percent) in his four years in Chapel Hill.

    During Zeller's collegiate career, UNC posted an impressive 115-35 record.

    Most 2012 mock NBA drafts project him to go some where in the middle of the first round.

Cody Zeller: Indiana (2011 to ?)

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    If Cody Zeller's freshman season was just the beginning of an extended college career, he will be, before it's all over, the best of the Zeller brothers.

    Cody's first-year performance was well beyond Luke's best output at Notre Dame, and he nearly started out where Tyler finished.

    Cody led Indiana (27-9) last year in scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg), as well as FG percentage (62.3 percent) and blocked shots (1.2 bpg).

    He was the final piece to Tom Crean's massive rebuilding project at IU.

    Moving forward, Zeller's outstanding play will continue to be critical to the Hoosiers' success.