March 26, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana freshman forward Cody Zeller has earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors, announced on Monday, March 26, by the Associated Press.
In his first year as a Hoosier, Zeller led the team with 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 62.3 percent (200-of-321) from the field and 75.5 percent (163-of-216) from the free throw line. He's ranked fourth in the country in field goal percentage and leads the Big Ten Conference.
Zeller was the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year, as voted on by the coaches, after earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week seven times. He was also Second Team All-Big Ten and All-Freshman Team selection, and a finalist for the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year award, and the John Wooden and Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year awards.
The Washington, Ind., native helped the Hoosiers to a 27-9 overall record. Indiana made its 36th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the sixth most in the event's history and the most among Big Ten members. IU is 62-31 overall, the sixth most wins in the tournament after advancing to the Sweet Sixteen with a second round win over New Mexico State (79-66) and third round win over VCU (63-61) in Portland, before falling to top-seed Kentucky in Atlanta on Friday, March 23 (102-90). IU's trip to the Sweet Sixteen was its first since 2002 and just the second berth into the round of 16 since 1995.
In tournament play, Zeller averaged 16.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.