Considering ‘The Big Handsome’ would look ugly in the NBA, Cody Zeller should return to Assembly Hall as a Hoosier next autumn

With adoring muff everywhere, Cody Zeller shouldn’t relocate from Bloomington.

As Syracuse overwhelmed the No. 1-seeded Hoosiers 61-50 on Thursday night, it became readily evident that Cody Zeller is not ready to play in the NBA.

The 20-year-old Zeller, an All-Big Ten First Team choice who averaged 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists over 36 games, scored a measly 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting against the Orange (29-9, 11-7 Big East).

Zeller, along with star teammate Victor Oladipo, would be selected somewhere in the early first round of this June’s draft.

Indiana (29-7, 14-4 Big Ten) head coach Tom Crean is expected to help advise the Hoosiers’ standouts.

“I’m sure I will do what I would always do, try to be a voice of reason, do the right research, try to give them as honest of an assessment as I possibly can,” said Crean, 47, the 2012 National Coach of the Year. “It won’t come from dot-com’s. It will come from general managers, scouting directors, people like that.”

Considering the 6-foot-5, 215 pound Oladipo is slated to graduate in three years, bolting Bloomington makes sense for the native Marylander.

In contrast to Oladipo, the 7-foot, 240 pound Zeller is a brainy sophomore currently lacking the physicality to compete in the association.

Sans a diploma, and with two older brothers already having earned NBA paychecks, Cody Zeller should purchase insurance and resurface at Assembly Hall.

Rather than appearing ugly on the professional hardwood, “The Big Handsome” could look like an Adonis leading Indiana to their first title since 1987 next spring.

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