Cody Zeller, a 6'10'' power forward out of Washington High School in Washington, Ind., signed his letter of intent to play for Tom Crean at Indiana University.
The 5-star prospect Zeller joins 4-star small forward Austin Etherington as the foundation for the Hoosiers' 2011 recruiting class, which has the potential to be Crean's finest crop of newcomers since he took over Indiana in 2008.
Zeller is a 6'10" power forward who smoothly runs the court and has a knack for the 15-foot jumper. He will opt away from the co-finalist UNC Tar Heels, where his brother Tyler is entering his junior season. The eldest Zeller, Luke, played at Notre Dame from 2005-2009.
Cody enters the season as a top candidate to take the 2011 Indiana Mr. Basketball award. This makes sense, considering several scouts favor Cody at this stage over his brothers, both of whom took the honor in their senior years.
After seeing Tyler's decision leaked after he informed coaches on the eve of his announcement, Cody played his recruitment much closer to the vest. This time around, coaches were not made aware until the waning hours before the scheduled 1 p.m. announcement.
Assuming both Zeller and Etherington stick around for their sophomore seasons, they will team up with elite power forward Hanner Parea to form a young and exciting front court for the Hoosiers.
Following several years of watching the top in-state recruits spurn Bloomington for out-of-state campuses, Indiana fans are rejoicing a major recruiting victory.
Considering several scouts favor Cody's skills at this age over his two brothers, it's easy to see why.