If you have paid any attention to the basketball world since 2005, you are very aware of the Zeller family. The family’s oldest son, Luke first joined the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2005 before graduating in 2009. Tyler soon entered the college realm in 2008, suiting up for the esteemed North Carolina Tar Heels. He graduated in 2012, but not before serving as a reserve in a national championship game and being named an AP 2nd Team All-American in his senior year.
Then, along came along Cody. After he posted a stellar freshman campaign in 2011-2012, he decided to stay at Indiana for one more season and was considered to be the front-runner for the top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
During the 2012-13 college basketball season, Cody and fellow top draft prospect Victor Oladipo, helped Indiana hold the No. 1 overall ranking in the AP Poll for a total of 11 weeks over two separate stints. Tom Crean, Zeller and company earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and were thinking championship. But, a sensational season for Zeller and the Hoosiers came to end in a somewhat embarrassing defeat at the hands of Syracuse in the Elite 8.
Putting IU’s “March Madness” disappointment behind him, Zeller went to work on his game and body. All of the hours he logged were obvious during mid-May at the NBA Combine in Chicago, as Zeller tested off the charts in the Combine’s athleticism drills and physical measurements. He did not participate in any live-ball activity in Chicago, but the reports from his post-Combine individual workouts have been stellar.
That’s good news for Philadunkia nation as nearly every creditable NBA Draft blog or website has the Sixers picking Cody Zeller on June 27th, 2013. According to the blogosphere, the Sixers selecting Zeller is a bigger lock than Kim Kardashian having her picture taken by the paparazzi today.
Given the likelihood of Zeller becoming a Sixer, Philadunkia scribe Jake Fischer recently caught up with Cody before his workout with the Charlotte Bobcats to talk about his ongoing Draft process and the possibility of being selected by the Sixers at #11.