Men's Basketball

    Cody Zeller Named Mr. Basketball

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    Cody Zeller
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    April 10, 2011

    Indianapolis, Indiana (AP) - Washington's Cody Zeller is the Indianapolis Star's Mr. Basketball for 2011. An Indiana University signee, he will be the 26th player to win the award to play for the Hoosiers. He also was a McDonald's All-American.

    The Indiana signee gathered 198 of the 283 votes cast by coaches and media. Warsaw's Nic Moore was second with 21 votes, followed by Pike's Marquis Teague and Bloomington South's Dee Davis with 16.

    Zeller, who averaged 24.1 points and 13.4 rebounds this season, is the third member of his family to win the award, joining brothers Luke (2005) and Tyler (2008). Cody won three state championships, one with Tyler in 2008 as a reserve and the last two seasons as the centerpiece player.

    Zeller, a 6-foot-11 center, had 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead Washington past Culver Academies 61-46 in the this year's Class 3A final.

    "He's the total package," Washington coach Gene Miiller said. "He does everything well. If you were trying to pick a guy to coach, he would be the example."

    Most nights, Zeller was double- and triple-teamed, roughed up and pounded on.

    That was nothing compared to the recruiting process. Cody was also considering Butler and North Carolina. Because Luke had gone to Notre Dame and Tyler to North Carolina, there was outside pressure in Hoosier-crazy Southern Indiana to pick Indiana. Cody heard it on a daily basis.

    "Of the three boys, it was by far the toughest choice," said his father, Steve.

    Zeller said -- and those close to him agreed -- that he never felt any pressure to please anyone outside his tight inner circle.

    Some Indiana fans expect him to come in and be the piece to rejuvenate a program that has won just eight Big Ten games the last three seasons.

    Zeller realizes he alone can't return the Hoosiers to national prominence.

    "I don't plan on coming in and turning the program around on my own," he said. "I don't really feel any pressure to do that. I have a good support system with my family and friends. Those are the people I listen to and they aren't putting any extra pressure on me."

     

     

    Indiana coach Tom Crean agrees.

    "Like most great competitors, Cody has enough internal pressure on himself to get better," Crean said. "The coaching staff certainly isn't going to put any extra pressure on him. Now, we are going to have to challenge ourselves to raise the level and make him a better player. He has such good footwork and fundamentals already. We're going to have to be ready to challenge him."


    Mr. Basketball Honorees With IU Ties
    2011 Cody Zeller (Washington)
    2009 Jordan Hulls (Bloomington South)
    2007 Eric Gordon (North Central)
    2004 A.J. Ratliff (North Central)
    2000 Jared Jeffries (Bloomington North)
    1998 Tom Coverdale (Noblesville)
    1997 Luke Recker (DeKalb)
    1990 Damon Bailey (Bedford N. Lawrence)
    1989 Pat Graham (Floyd Central)
    1987 Lyndon Jones/Jay Edwards (Marion)
    1984 Delray Brooks (Michigan City)
    1983 Steve Alford (New Castle)
    1979 Steve Bouchie (Washington)
    1977 Ray Tolbert (Madison Heights)
    1973 Kent Benson (New Castle)
    1970 Dave Sheperd (Carmel)
    1969 George McGinnis (Washington)
    1961 Tom and Dick Van Arsdale (Manual)
    1959 Jimmy Rayl (Kokomo)
    1953 Hallie Bryant (Crispus Attucks)
    1948 Bob Masters (Lafayette)
    1947 Bill Garrett (Shelbyville)
    1945 Tom Schwartz (Kokomo)
    1940 Ed Scheinbein (Southport)

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