Zeller named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

4 comments by   |   Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 9:25 pm EDT

Indiana sophomore center Cody Zeller was named to the Wooden Award’s Midseason Top 25. A release from Indiana follows.

LOS ANGELES – Indiana sophomore forward Cody Zeller has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Thursday, Jan. 10 on ESPNU.

Zeller, a 7-0, forward from Washington, Ind., leads the No. 5/5 Hoosiers (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) with 16.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Since Zeller, the Preseason National Player of the Year, came to Indiana, the Hoosiers are 41-10 for an .804 winning percentage and lead all Big Six Conference school’s in field goal percentage (49.8 percent), 3-point field goal percentage (42.7 percent) and free throw percentage (75.8 percent).

Zeller leads the Big Ten in free throws made per game (5.3) and attempted (7.4). He is fourth in scoring (16.5), second in rebounds (7.9) and third in field goal percentage (62.7 percent). In 40 minute stats, Zeller leads the Big Ten in points/assists/rebounds per game at 36.9. For his career has made 62.4 percent of his shots, the highest mark ever by an IU player.

Cody’s older brother Tyler was a 2012 Wooden Award All-American for North Carolina.

Wooden Award Midseason Top 25
Anthony Bennett, UNLV
Laurence Bowers, Missouri
Trey Burke, Michigan
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame
Seth Curry, Duke
Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State
Erick Green, Virginia Tech
Elias Harris, Gonzaga
Pierre Jackson, Baylor
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Ben McLemore, Kansas
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Otto Porter, Jr., Georgetown
Phil Pressey, Missouri
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Russ Smith, Louisville
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Jeff Withey, Kansas
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
Cody Zeller, Indiana

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 10:28 PM EDT

Wow, looks like these experts don’t agree that VO is the best player on IU’s team. It’s a shame he’s not on this list too.

Steve in Washington, IN
Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 11:22 PM EDT

Since Zeller, the Preseason National Player of the Year, came to Indiana, the Hoosiers are 41-10 for an .804 winning percentage and lead all Big Six Conference school’s in field goal percentage (49.8 percent), 3-point field goal percentage (42.7 percent) and free throw percentage (75.8 percent).

That’s the key aspect. Take him out and walk-ons start scoring on us.

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 5:56 AM EDT

Not sure how they justify having two players on that list from a 2-loss Mizzou team above our guys. Not that Cody and Dipo are unworthy, but having so many different players step up at different times for IU probably dooms them for most postseason awards. Not that they’re unworthy. But that’s okay. I think we’d all prefer a National Championship instead.

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 8:13 AM EDT

List is made by people looking at stats and not watching games. I also wonder how much the BTN hurts the B1G players in this regard… The B1G has clearly been identified by every pundit and expert as the #1 conference, yet there are only 4 players on this list.

In the end it’s no big deal, but it kinda sucks for Dipo to works his ass off harder than any any player in college basketball, dominate defensively, improve his greatest weakness (3-pt shooting) by 20% overt last year, and still not get recognition.

Oh well, maybe there’s still some slim chance he’ll sneak up on somebody in the tournament…


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