Indiana adds Illinois State transfer Zeisloft

Nick Zeisloft, a transfer from Illinois State, will be eligible to play immediately. Read more here.

Nick Zeisloft, a 6-foot-4 transfer from Illinois State, has committed to Indiana, the school announced Monday.

Zeisloft, who will be eligible to play immediately and who has two years of eligibility remaining, also visited DePaul during the recruiting process, but ultimately chose Indiana because of his interest in the Kelley School of Business as well as the program.

As AllHoosiers.com reported two weeks ago, Indiana had been pursuing Zeisloft for some time, it was simply kept quiet because Zeisloft was applying and waiting to hear from the Kelley School.

"The addition of Nick allows us to spread and space the floor even more and play with more pace," Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a release. "More importantly, we are adding a young man that has been raised well and has been well coached throughout his career. He brings a physical and mental toughness that has allowed him to play at a strong level and brings leadership and maturity to our program."

Zeisloft shot 35.5 percent from beyond the arc last season and made 60 3-pointers. He may prove to be even more valuable, though, as a locker room leader. Zeisloft averaged only 6.9 points per game for Illinois State last season, but he was the team captain. By all accounts, he is a great locker room guy.

That can not be understated on a team that has had a few off-the-court issues in the last 12 months. Veteran leadership is always an important part of college basketball.

"Coach Crean was very honest with me about what I could achieve at Indiana and I appreciate that," Zeisloft said in a release. "I think I can bring leadership, experience and shooting ability to this team. I really enjoyed my visit and was impressed with how hard they work out and how they communicate with one another. I think I can be there for these guys as a teammate and always have their back."

Indiana freed up a scholarship spot when Peter Jurkin transferred, so Zeisloft will simply replace Jurkin.

We will have more on this story.


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