Zeller Discusses Four Finalists

After a great spring and summer that resulted in interest from virtually every high-major school in search of a big man, Tyler Zeller has finally narrowed his school list. The Washington (In.) High standout is down to Purdue, Indiana, Notre Dame and North Carolina.

"When I first started to think about it real hard, it wasn't extremely hard," Tyler Zeller said. "But it definitely took some thinking to get it down to four.

"I just know [these schools] the best. I feel most confident talking to them and I know most of their players really well."

Zeller, who cut five schools from consideration, broke down each school that made the revised list and explained what they each had to offer:

Zeller Narrows List
Purdue: "I've talked to them for two years and I know their coaches the best. I know their incoming freshmen, too."

Notre Dame: "I've been up there a few times. I know their coaches pretty well and their players really well. I've been up there and talked to them and hung out with them. There're no surprises if I go there."

Indiana: "They graduate three big guys and the recruiting class that they have coming in is very, very good as far as guards go and a few bigs. I could go in there and play right away there."

North Carolina: "It's a great school. Roy Williams is a legendary coach. He's a great coach. He coaches all the big guys so he would coach me. It's just a great school."

Although he's already taken unofficial visits to each school, the 6-foot-11, 220-pound rising senior is planning to take official visits to all four schools. The dates have not been finalized.

"I'm just trying to get to know everybody better and visit some schools and figure stuff out and take it from there."

The process has weighed on Zeller a bit, as he's had to deal with numerous phone calls, however he's maintained his solid play. In Las Vegas, the 6-foot-11, 220-pound PF showed off a skilled game, ran the floor and played the best 2009 center (Derrick Favors) to a virtual draw.

"[I played] pretty good. I was in the foul trouble a lot of the game, so I didn't get to do as much as I could have or wish I could have, but I played a good game."

Zeller now is ranked the No. 5 power forward in the class of 2008 by Scout.com.

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