There have been some concerns about Cody Zeller’s production in his sophomore year, such as the ones presented by Terry Hutchens of USA TODAY Sports, but I’m not one to buy into them.
Zeller averaged less than 27 minutes a game before non-conference play, largely due to the Hoosiers’ soft schedule where they had significant leads at halftime.
In the Big Ten, he is averaging just under 34 minutes a game with 19.2 points and 8.8 rebounds. More importantly, Zeller has improved his field-goal percentage to 63.1 and has cut his fouls per game down to 1.9, sensational numbers for a big man in the Big Ten.
While Indiana has had some struggles as of late, Zeller is still doing what he does best.
He has great technique and footwork down low in establishing position and uses his soft touch to convert at the basket. On the high block, he squares up to the basket and has his seven-foot frame to make the appropriate decision in the half-court offense.
When the Hoosiers rebound the ball, regardless if it’s Zeller or not, he runs the floor in transition as a trailer option to catch the ball with his big hands above the defense or at least poses a threat to open up the outside for his teammates.
Defensively, Zeller might not rack up the blocked shots like some of the great seven-foot centers have done in college basketball, but the preseason All-American team member disrupts the opponents’ offense and alters shots in the paint as well as anyone in the country.
The multiple threats that Cody Zeller poses to an opposition should have him selected in the top 10 overall.