Cody Zeller Made Significant Improvements During Offseason Program
Tom Crean provided an update on the development of Cody Zeller, who left campus for a break between the second semester of summer school and the start of the fall semester.
“When he left, the measurements were as good as they’ve ever been from him. He was squatting 400, he was benching 305. He did 185 (on the bench) twenty-two times, which is incredible,” Crean said. “He came in doing it ten times a year ago, so that’s the kind of jump he’s had in that time frame. He’s grown. He’s a legit 7-foot in his shoes. His vertical has gone up almost three inches since he’s been at Indiana.”
A favorite to win national player of the year and be the top choice in next year's NBA draft, Zeller is gaining confidence in his ability to operate against different defensive schemes.
“I think he’s really bought into the fact that we want to make him the hardest cover in college basketball,” Crean said. “No matter what you’re planning for him when it comes to the double teams or when it comes to how you’re going to guard him, that he has an answer in his own game for that.”