Zeller Named Big Ten Player of the Week
Jan. 14, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana sophomore Cody Zeller has been named Big Ten Player of the Week, announced by the league office on Monday, Jan. 14, for helping the Hoosiers (15-1, 3-0) pick up wins at Penn State and against No. 8/10 Minnesota last week.
Zeller, a 7-0 forward, averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 3.0 steals and 1.5 assists per game, but his key play with 15 seconds left against Minnesota allowed the Hoosiers to prevail in an 88-81 win over the Gophers. Leading 84-81, IU's Jordan Hulls missed a free throw and Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe appeared poised to grab the rebound, but Zeller slapped the ball out of his hands and Hulls came up with the ball, was fouled and hit two charity tosses to seal the win. Against Minnesota, Zeller ended up with 18 points, six rebounds, four blocks, two steals and two assists.
On Monday, the Hoosiers beat Penn State in Happy Valley, 74-51, behind 15 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks and an assist from the Washington, Ind., native.
Zeller shares this week's honor with Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas. He collects his first Big Ten Player of the Week honor after earning seven Freshman of Week selections last season. Indiana's last Big Ten Player of the Week was Christian Watford on Dec. 12, 2011.
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