Christian Watford and Cody Zeller will play for the Hoosiers next season. Indiana University announced that both players are staying via a news release issued on Tuesday morning.
Zeller was IU‘s leading scorer and rebounder as a freshman, averaging 15-point-six points and six-point-six boards this past season. The Washington, Ind., native shared Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors with Michigan‘s Trey Burke and was named to the All-Big Ten second team.
Watford was second for the Hoosiers on both lists at 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Watford was named honorable mention All-Big Ten and his three-pointer at the horn gave Indiana a 73-72 upset victory over number-one Kentucky in December at Assembly Hall. Both had been contemplating leaving early for the NBA Draft.
Watford will be a senior in the 2012-13 season while Zeller is entering his sophomore year. They were the key figures in IU‘s return to national prominence as the Hoosiers finished 27-9, losing a rematch to the Wildcats in the Sweet 16 of the NCCA Tournament.
Indiana has been chosen the number-one team in the nation for the upcoming season in several preseason polls.