Zeller and Company Earn Preseason Honors from CBSSports.com
Oct. 8, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - CBSSports.com named Indiana sophomore Cody Zeller its 2012-13 Preseason Player of the Year, while tabbing him a Preseason First Team All-American. Freshman Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell was named Second Team All-Freshman.
Zeller also earned honors from The Sporting News, earning Preseason Player of the Year and First Team All-American honors, while being named a Preseason All-American by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and Athlon. Athlon also tabbed Zeller as the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year. Ferrell was one of five players named to The Sporting News' All-Freshman Team.
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 led 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.
In NCAA tournament play, Zeller averaged 16.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
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.
Watford, who made the NCAA South Regional All-Tournament team and is the leading returning scorer in the Big Ten with 1,287 points, has averaged 13.4 points in his career. He also averaged 5.8 rebounds and shot 43.7 percent from 3-point range. His game-winning 3-pointer against No. 1 Kentucky in December was the GEICO National Play of the Year. He was also named honorable mention All-Big Ten.
In the NCAA Tournament, Watford averaged 19.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He sank 51.2 percent (20-of-41) from the field, 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from the 3-point line and 80.0 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line.
Oladipo was named honorable mention All-Big Ten and to the Big Ten's All-Defensive Team as sophomore. He averaged 10.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while ranking among the top 10 in the league in steals per game.
Indiana enters the 2012-13 as the preseason No. 1 team according to The Sporting News and Athlon. In 2011-12, the Hoosiers tallied 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.
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