Transfer Zeisloft: 'Always loved Indiana'

Indiana added Illinois State transfer Nick Zeisloft on Monday. He'll be eligible immediately. Read what he had to say about joining the Hoosiers.

When Nick Zeisloft announced in April that he would not return to Illinois State, there was little doubt in his mind where he wanted to end up.

His father attended Indiana, and Zeisloft grew up watching the Hoosiers. If there was mutual interest from Tom Crean and his staff, it would be a no-brainer.

Crean and his staff did share the interest, and Zeisloft is now a Hoosier. He will be eligible to play immediately and has two years of eligibility remaining.

"They obviously wanted me on their team," Zeisloft told AllHoosiers.com. "I always had interest in Indiana. I've always loved Indiana. I understand the tradition of the school and I certainly understand the tradition of the basketball program.

"I'm very proud to be part of all of it."

Zeisloft has been in communication with Indiana for months, but the process moved slowly because he still had classes to finish up at Illinois State this summer to graduate and earn his degree. Zeisloft took an official visit to Indiana in June.

"It was a very unique situation," he said. "I had to finish classes this summer and then go through the process of applying and getting accepted to the Kelley School. Obviously, getting in there is anything but easy. It was a bit of a unique way of doing things, but I'm glad it worked out."

Zeisloft said he also talked to Duquesne, The Citadel and a few other schools during the process, but once Indiana became involved, the Hoosiers were the clear frontrunner.

Zeisloft, who averaged 6.9 points per game and made 60 3-pointers last season, was the team captain at Illinois State. At 6-foot-4, he can provide some backcourt help for Indiana next season. But he may even be more valuable as a leader, both on the court and off of it.

The Hoosiers dealt with a couple of off-the-court issues last season, and they bring back a very young team with no seniors this year.

"He loves my maturity and experience as a player," Zeisloft said of Crean. "I think I can just bring the wisdom and experience. You learn a lot by just playing and going through things, both good things and tough ones. I definitely thing I can be that presence."

No date has been scheduled for Zeisloft to arrive and begin working out with the team, but he said he'd like to join the Hoosiers as soon as possible. He also plans to travel with the team for its trip to Canada in August.


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