HoopsHype Cody Zeller rumors

May 16, 2013 Updates
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Indiana sophomore center Cody Zeller declared for the NBA draft on Wednesday. “Attending and playing basketball for IU not only fulfilled my collegiate dreams, but it also has provided me with the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong goal of playing in the NBA,” Zeller announced in a press release. “While I will continue to pursue my degree in the future, I believe it is in my best interest to pursue my professional basketball career in the NBA next season.” SI.com

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Tyler Zeller knew his brother Cody would be holding a news conference to announce whether he plans to return to Indiana University for his junior year or jump to the NBA. What Tyler Zeller didn’t know was that the announcement would be Wednesday. What Tyler Zeller also doesn’t know — or claims not to know — is if Cody will be a Hoosier next season or a first-round pick. “I haven’t really talked to him since they lost (to Syracuse in the NCAA tournament),” Tyler Zeller said before Tuesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “I talked to him one time and it was very brief, joking around. I haven’t talked to him at all about (staying or going). It’ll be interesting what he does.” Indianapolis Star

Tyler said he had no idea that his younger brother, Indiana University sophomore star Cody Zeller who attended Tuesday's game between the Cavs and Pacers, had scheduled a news conference to announce whether he'll turn pro or return to school. "I don't really keep up," Tyler said, smiling. The two do talk at least once a week, but Tyler said he had not offered his brother much advice this year. "I talked to him last year," Tyler said. "He went through the same thing last year." Cleveland Plain Dealer

April 9, 2013 Updates
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Zeller has the tougher decision to make. He entered the college season rated by many as the potential No. 1 overall pick in this summer’s NBA draft. But that talk died down as the season progressed because Zeller “lacks toughness and rarely took over games” this season, according to an NBA general manager. Zeller struggled against physical big men in college and big men in the NBA are leaps and bounds ahead of those in college. “What you saw against Syracuse is exactly why his stock has fallen,” said one scout who has watched IU play throughout the season. “He couldn’t get his shot off and he played passive against a physical, athletic team. That’s not the way to show you’re ready for the NBA.” Indianapolis Star

March 26, 2013 Updates

Ray (Indiana) Any chance Oladipo or Zeller stay in Bloomington for next year? Chad Ford (1:36 PM) Think Oladipo is gone for sure. He's going to be a Top 5-6 pick. Zeller might be a bigger question mark. Some scouts love him, many don't. His stock is a bit more volatile. Not sure where he lands and whether he'd be better off returning for a year to add strength and a jump shot to his game. ESPN.com

November 21, 2012 Updates

Cody Zeller. Applicable NBA comparison? Do you see him declaring at the end of the year? Chad Ford (1:49 PM) Don't have a good comp for Zeller. He's very good. Plays smart. Skilled. Hard worker. Good size. Just not sure what he is or what his upside will be. Some scouts LOVE him. Others just LIKE him. Don't know anyone who doesn't like him however. ESPN.com

November 14, 2012 Updates
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Indiana freshman Cody Zeller and junior Christian Watford formally announced early Tuesday that they will pass on the 2012 NBA Draft and instead remain in college. The development should make IU a consensus preseason top-five team, perhaps No. 1 depending on what happens with Kentucky's roster. CBSSports.com

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