Indiana center Cody Zeller to declare for the 2013 NBA Draft

Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) high fives fans before practice the day before the semifinals of the East regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) high fives fans before practice the day before the semifinals of the East regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Following just his sophomore season in Bloomington, Indiana, Hoosiers’ All-American Cody Zeller has announced that he will forgo his final two years of eligibility to enter the 2013 NBA Draft.

At 7-foot and 240 pounds, Zeller could have made the leap to the League following a freshman year in which he averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 boards per contest. Further, his Hoosiers were the only team to beat eventual national champion Kentucky in the regular season.

However, he chose to head back to campus in an effort to lead Indiana back to title-winning glory.

While his numbers did improve (he averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds as a sophomore) his team’s finish did not. Following a regular season Big Ten title and a No. 1-seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Zeller did not look good, shooting 3-of-11 from the field as Indiana fell to Syracuse in the Sweet 16.

Now, he looks to prove his worth against the big boys in the NBA. There is no doubt that the size, speed, shooting ability and overall talent is there for Zeller to be a fantastic professional player.

Whether or not he succeeds, of course, remains to be seen.

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