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Cody Zeller Announces He Is Leaving For NBA

Cody Zeller will follow his teammate Victor Oladipo to the NBA draft.

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Photo: Alex Dierckman/WFIU News

Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo prepare for a rebound during a game against Wisconsin on Jan. 14, 2013.

Update 4:20 p.m.

Cody Zeller confirms he is leaving IU for the NBA.

“The last two years have probably been the best two years of  my life,” Zeller said at a press conference. “At this point in my life I think it is best me to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA.”

Some people have said the sophomore is not ready to go to the NBA, but he says he is ready for the next step.

“It’s a whole different game in the NBA,” he says. “A lot of things change, every jump you go from high school to college, college to the NBA. There is a big jump, and the game is so much faster. Everyone is so much stronger, so it’s a lot of things, a lot of unknowns that are coming, but that’s what makes this jump exciting.”

Head Coach Tom Crean says he will miss Zeller, but he has already made a long-lasting effect on IU basketball.

“He’s got a unique skill set. He’s got unique athleticism. He’s got an unprecedented character,” Crean says. “He’s really come in here and left his mark on this program and one that will stand for a very long time.”

By making the move Cody Zeller is following in the footsteps of his two older brothers Tyler, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Luke, who played for the Phoenix Suns but was waived by them this year.

Kelly Jahncke contributed to this report.

Original Post 10:23 a.m.

Indiana University men’s basketball player Cody Zeller will announce Wednesday afternoon whether he plans to enter the NBA draft.

Speculation has been that Zeller will leave IU after his sophomore year. The All-American will join Head Coach Tom Crean at 4 p.m. in Assembly Hall to make the announcement.

Zeller averages 16.1 points per game for his career, scored more than 1,000 points and had more than 500 rebounds during his two years at IU.

Victor Oladipo announced Tuesday he would enter the NBA draft.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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  • blogbaby

    Love him but I don’t think he’s ready for the NBA, I think tournament time proved that. IMO he needs to be stronger physically and mentally!

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