There's no true center on next season's IU roster, whether Cody Zeller returns or not. Zeller's issues this season left him with major questions relating to his ability to handle stronger or longer big men in college, let alone the NBA.
Still, the Hoosiers will be overjoyed if Zeller foregoes the draft for one more season, since there is painfully little interior depth on next season's roster if he goes.
Recruit Noah Vonleh, pictured here, should be expected to take over a starting frontcourt position, but he's not an interior banger by trade. At a still-growing 6'8" and 220 pounds, Vonleh may have the best frame on the team. But the low post will not be where he excels in college, at least not immediately.
He's an instinctive and athletic rebounder who can demolish a defense with his handle and passing ability from the high post. Over a year or two, he could gain the required strength to bang with the horses inside, but the same was said of Zeller.
Fellow recruit Luke Fischer actually recalls Zeller quite closely in athletic ability, quickness and high-post productivity, but he's even skinnier than Zeller at 6'9" and 210 pounds. He would be best served backing up Vonleh and living in the weight room.
Rising sophomores Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin achieved little in their debut seasons, and Jurkin is considered a potential scholarship casualty. Perea will need a great deal of technical improvement to go with his boundless athleticism if he's to be a productive Big Ten player.
The possibility exists that Perea will start, as he's probably IU's strongest low-post player. He'll need endless reps and drills in the gym over the summer for that to prove the wise course.
The same is true for Jurkin, who has seen foot injuries eat up two of his last three seasons. Staying healthy enough to get into practice is his first priority. Even if that happens, his ceiling appears to be as a designated shot-blocker and rim protector.