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Cody Zeller has been one of the very best players in college basketball this season and will be competing with Burke for player of the year awards. The 7-foot big man has elite size and length and is very skilled for a college big man.
Statistically, Zeller is fourth in the conference in points (16.3) and second in rebounds (8.3). He shoots an excellent 59.6 percent from the field and is not a liability from the line, making 73.9 percent of his free throws.
Zeller is also very disruptive on the defensive end. Not only does he average 1.4 blocks a game, but the big man also manages to get 1.2 steals per game.
As a pro prospect, Zeller was thought to be a possible number one pick, although he has fallen a bit throughout the season. NBADraft.net still has him as the number two overall prospect, while ESPN now ranks him seven.
While Zeller may not be worthy of the first overall pick, it appears that he will certainly be a top 10 pick and will have an excellent chance to hear his name called in the top five.