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Video: Cody Zeller after the McDonald’s All-American Game

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You know the drill. At 11 a.m. today, Dustin and I will take your questions. We’re in Chicago now – hope to be in West Lafayette by then. So we’ll also be covering any rallies of less than a dozen people. Ask the questions and follow along here.

Cody Zeller content with his McDonald’s All-American Game experience

CHICAGO — It is well-known that big guys do not get much of a chance to showcase their skills during all-star games, including the McDonald’s contest.

And Cody Zeller had two older brothers, Luke and Tyler, to remind him of that after he was selected to play in the game.

But Zeller did start the game and find a way to contribute. He scored 10 points, had three assists and pulled down three rebounds in a losing effort for the West (the East won, 111-96, behind Kentucky-signee Michael Gilchrist’s 16 points and 12 rebounds).

Zeller started the game and was immediately active. Getting back fast on defense allowed him to get a few easy dunks and he had a turn-around jumper. He was also efficient, making 5-of-6 field goals.

“I just tried to work around the guards,” Zeller said. “The guard play was unreal since it was the McDonald’s All-American Game. I just tried to let the game come to me and I wasn’t expecting to do a whole lot being a big guy.”

Austin Rivers (Duke), Marquis Teague (Kentucky) and Myck Kabongo (Texas) were the dominant guards for the West; Zeller said they were not as selfish as past teams have been, but it was still a typical all-star game.

“We put in a few plays, but of course once we get out there it’s all the door,” Zeller said. “But it’s all good. It’s a fun game to be in, and an honor just to be here.”

Throughout the week Zeller had the chance to go up against other dominant big men like Anthony Davis (Kentucky) and Khem Birch (Pittsburgh). He said the week was a learning experience for him.

“Once again, strength,” Zeller said. “Finishing inside, stuff like that. You really find out your weaknesses really quick. I can take that and go home and work on my stuff.”

Follow: McDonald’s All-American Game

Not doing a live chat tonight, but follow the Tweets of both Dustin and myself as we discuss the McDonald’s All-American Game and the play of Cody Zeller. Will have plenty of postgame coverage from here in Chicago, where it is shockingly not raining cheeseburgers in the media room.

Reports: Matt Painter staying at Purdue

We’ve been holding back on doing anything with this, because it was changing minute-by-minute and I really wasn’t feeling 15 updates to go along with each conflicting report.

But the vast majority of outlets are reporting this, so here it is: Matt Painter is staying at Purdue.

What does it mean: that Purdue found some cash somewhere (shaming alumni works, it seems) and that Painter will be around for a little while longer.

But it does open up the door to his eventual departure. A guy assumed by many to be in the job he would hold until retirement (or Purdue tired of him, which seemed unlikely) came really close to going to Missouri.

Former Louisville commit picks IU women

Quaneisha McCurty, a 6-foot-6 center who had previously verbaled to Louisville, has committed to join the Indiana women’s basketball team according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. She becomes the Hoosiers’ fifth signee/commit for the class of 2011.

McCurty led her Dalton squad to the Georgia AAA state championship game this season, averaging 14 points, 12 rebounds and nearly five blocks per game. She posted a triple double in the state quarterfinals with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. It was her first season at the school after transferring from Northwest Whitfield in Dalton.

She was named the Best of Preps North Georgia player of the year and was also an all-state selection by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association.

McCurty did not sign with Louisville during the fall signing period and eventually had a falling out. According to the Times Free Press, IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack had previously recruited her and McCurty put the Hoosiers back in the picture.

And for what it’s worth, the Indiana women’s basketball program will host its annual banquet on April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Henke Hall of Champions in Memorial Stadium. Fans are welcome to the join the Hoosiers for this special event. Cost is $40 per person, which covers entry to the event and dinner. To purchase a seat or for more information, call Julie Force at (812)855-3013.


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