Oct. 1, 2012
Bloomington, Indiana -
Indiana sophomore Cody Zeller has been named the 2012-13 College Basketball Preseason Player of the Year and a first-team All-American by The Sporting News. Indiana also will be ranked #1 in the country according to the publication.
Coming off a year where he earned AP All-American and Freshman All-American honors, 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' 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 for IU since 1995.
In NCAA tournament play, Zeller averaged 16.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
Freshman Yogi Ferrell, who like Zeller was a McDonald's All-American, was one of five players named to The Sporting News' All-Freshman team.
Ferrell won a second 2A IHSAA State Championship at Park Tudor in Indianapolis and tied a championship game record with 12 assists.He also contributed 17 points and nine rebounds, coming up just one rebound short of a triple-double. Ferrell finished his senior year averaging 18.5 points per game, 3.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists and a season record of 26-2. In the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game, Ferrell played 22 minutes and had a game-high eight assists with zero turnovers. He was the only player in the game with four or more assists and no turnovers.