Zeller Bigger, Better Than Last Season
Cody Zeller is reportedly approaching 7-feet and has added 15 pounds since arriving at Indiana.
Former Indiana assistant coach Dan Dakich ran into Zeller a few weeks ago at a tournament in Bloomington.
"And he looked big," Dakich said. "I mean, big. You know how some guys, when you get around them, they're not as big as you think? And then other guys, you get around them and you're like, 'Oh my god!' I've never done this before -- never asked a kid how tall he is like I'm a fan in an airport. But I was like, 'How tall are you? Have you grown?'"
Tom Crean confirmed Danich’s assessment.
"Cody is bigger," Crean told me. "And better."
Zeller, who was projected as a lottery pick in the upcoming draft before deciding to return for his sophomore season with the Hoosiers, was listed at 6-foot-11, 230 pounds last season.
"The improvement is gonna be with the way he shoots the ball because he can really shoot the ball, but he lost some confidence last season," Dakich said. "He shot an airball against Butler from the free throw line, and I think he really lost confidence [after that]. He and I talked about it, and he's been working on it. But he can really shoot. Like really, really shoot. And that's what you're gonna see this year -- an improved and more versatile offensive game."