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It’s no secret Zeller will get most of the attention down low this season as he did last year. Where he struggled last season was giving a good pump fake and getting his man in the air. I felt Zeller got blocked way too much due to that.
He did great in the first matchup against Kentucky, as Anthony Davis was known for wanting to block shots. Zeller put Davis to the bench by getting him in the air and getting fouls. He didn’t do that as much in the Sweet 16 game, hence the loss.
I think Zeller is honestly better than Davis, and if he can develop a good pump fake, he can get the other big men in serious foul trouble while he stays on the court dominating. No other team in the nation has the depth Indiana has and Zeller will get scrubs pretty quickly by doing so.
Most college kids are ignorant and don’t want to get shown up. Zeller will surely have guys guarding him thinking if they shut him down they will get noticed. Those guys all want to block his shot.
The pump fake gets them in the air and all he has to do is make contact and it’s an automatic foul, which means Zeller could be the most dominant player in quite some time if he can use it more consistently.