McDonald's part of big Zeller week

CHICAGO - Not many high school players ever can match the kind of week that Cody Zeller is having.

It gets no bigger than the last week in the life of Cody Zeller. The power forward from Washington (Ind.) won a state title and literally drove straight from the arena after winning that championship and arrived in Chicago for the McDonald's All-American Game.

"It's been fun so far," said Zeller. "I have been here a day and a half now. It has been a fun experience so far and it is a great honor to be on the team."

By winning his third state title and being a McDonald's All-American all in the same week, Zeller knows this is something that he will remember for quite some time.

"Definitely it has been a week that I will remember for a long time," said Zeller. "I am sure I will also enjoy my experience here just as I did at the state title game."

With being named a McDonald's All-American, Zeller became the first player to commit to Tom Crean at Indiana with such an honor, and that means something to him.

"It means a lot," said Zeller of being Crean's first McDonald's All-American at Indiana. "I am just one of his big recruits coming in. He is doing a great job of turning around the program. I am sure he will have another McDonald's All-American or two next year as well."

Also by being named to the game and going to a team that is trying to re-build, a lot of expectations have been placed on Zeller, but that is something that he is fine with.

"I guess I signed up for it when I committed to IU. I expect it, and I will go out and work my hardest and do the best that I can do," said Zeller.

Zeller says that he has gotten bigger since the beginning of the high school year, but he knows in order to meet those lofty expectations that he will need to add weight to his 6-foot-11 frame.

"I have gotten stronger which helped in high school, but I am still a long ways from stepping onto a college floor and making a difference," Zeller stated. "I will work on that a lot this summer I am sure."

For now though Zeller is just focused on the McDonald's Game and the week's festivities. Having two older brothers who were All-American's, they have told Cody what to expect.

"They told me it is a typical all-star game and that the big guys aren't going to get the ball a whole lot, but they both said it was a fun experience that they will remember for a long time," said Zeller.

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