The 20-year-old Zeller’s jump is a record for any individual listed at 6’9″ or above in the last decade.
After averaging 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists over 36 games as a sophomore, the 7-foot, 240 pound Zeller unwisely declared for the draft in April.
Once considered a top-five selection, Zeller is now only expected to go somewhere in the upper half of the opening round.
Scoring a measly 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting against the Orange (29-9, 11-7 Big East), Zeller currently lacks the physicality to compete with rugged opponents.
Without a diploma, and coming from a wealthy family, Zeller should have purchased insurance and resurfaced at Assembly Hall this autumn.
Zeller could have led Indiana to their first title since 1987 and jockeyed to become the first overall pick next spring.
Although an impressive leaper, Cody Zeller is entirely unprepared to perform against NBA defenders.
An unfulfilled Hoosier, “The Big Handsome” will look homely on the professional hardwood for at least a few seasons.by