Cody Zeller: The anatomy of a quiet recruitment

As his name became one of the trendiest topics in the world on Twitter and Indiana fans were rejoicing in his signing as if their long-awaited basketball messiah had finally arrived, Cody Zeller was asked if the pressure was too much. If knowing the hopes and dreams of one of the nation’s most passionate fanbases were riding on his college decision ever wore on him.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Zeller said. “I don’t think it’s as big of a deal as you guys are making it, but it’s whatever. I guess I don’t have a choice. I guess it’s a good problem to have.”

It wasn’t as big a deal, though, in large part because he and his family made sure it wasn’t.

As had been often discussed, the Zeller family had been through this before with eldest son Luke, who played at Notre Dame from 2005-09, and middle son Tyler, now a junior at North Carolina. Their recruiting processes taught them two important lessons that they put into play with Cody.

“The biggest thing that Cody did was one, he controlled the process a lot better,” Zeller’s father Steve said. “Tyler did a good job. We didn’t do a good job with Luke as far as controlling the process. The second thing is we did the research. Cody did a lot of getting on the internet and doing the research, finding out who’s who. He asked as far as he could go talk to. We talked to the president of IU. We talked to the dean of the Kelley Business School. We did that with all the colleges. It was a situation where he got to meet those folks.” (more…)

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Ferrell to be at IU, and read the IDS

Yogi Ferrell Tweeted earlier today his plans to be at tonight’s season opener.

Things continue to look like they are moving quickly with the junior point guard post-Zeller commitment, but I would be surprised to see a verbal commitment happen tonight.

Also, I failed to list the IDS’ basketball preview stories in today’s Hoosier Morning. My bad.

Maurice Creek and Victor Oladipo share a bond forged by coming from the D.C. suburbs, Greg Rosenstein writes.

Verdell Jones will be the team’s most experienced leader this season, Greg also writes.

This is a season in limbo, but the light at the end of the tunnel is closer, Nathan Hart writes.

In the offseason, the team focused on building mental and physical strength, Ryan Winn writes.

Here are profiles of every player, and also a look at the Big Ten.

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Cody Zeller talks to reporters on Thursday in the Hatchet House at Washington. David Snodgress | Herald-Times


Big honors from Big Ten for IU soccer

At Thursday night’s Big Ten awards banquet, Indiana junior forward Will Bruin (15 goals, 3 assists) was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

First-year head coach Todd Yeagley was the conference’s Coach of the Year after leading IU to its first Big Ten title since 2007.

Bruin was joined on the all-Big Ten first team by teammates Andy Adlard and Rich Balchan. Tommy Meyer was named to the second team.

Three Hoosiers landed on the all-Freshman team: Jacob Bushue, Nikita Kotlov and Harrison Petts.

Indiana plays host Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals at 3:30 Friday afternoon on the Big Ten Network.

Crean: Zeller was priority from the beginning

Tom Crean has been coveting a commitment from Cody Zeller since he got the job as the head coach at Indiana in April of 2008, but thanks to Zeller’s announcement and signed letter of intent, Thursday was the first day he could talk about him.

And as you would expect, he gushed. At a press conference late Thursday afternoon, Crean brought his entire team out to stand behind them so he could thank them for helping in the recruiting effort. He gave a 12-minute opening statement and his praise for Zeller was never-ending. (more…)

McDonald out for Saturday’s game

Indiana will be without left tackle Andrew McDonald for Saturday’s game against Wisconsin. He was ruled out on Thursday’s injury report with a knee injury.

Safety Donnell Jones (ankle) and linebacker Tyler Replogle (knee) are questionable. Wide receiver Tandon Doss (concussion), tight end Max Dedmond (knee) and kicker Nick Freeland (hip) are probable.

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