Indiana made a move to add another player to its roster in Illinois State transfer Nick Zeisloft earlier this month, and Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean believes he can fit right in with this year’s team.
It was a move that the coaching staff looked at extensively because they wanted to be sure that this would be the right addition.
“I wanted us to look at this and say, okay, if we're going to do this, let's make sure this fits,'' Crean said. "And not only did we take him because of what he's done, he has been well coached.''
Zeisloft started 30 games as a redshirt sophomore last season, averaging 6.9 points per game and shooting 35.5 percent from 3-point range. Crean sees the potential for Zeisloft to continue to grow and improve.
“I think there's a lot there,” Crean said. “There's athleticism, there's a tenacity. I'm going to be shocked if there's not a toughness level that I think is going to be high for us based on what I've seen.”
Another quality Crean believes Zeisloft possesses is versatility, as he has the ability to do multiple things to make the team better on both ends of the floor.
“I think there's a lot of ability to cut, move without the ball,'' Crean said. "I think there's an ability to come off screens even more. I think he's going to be an adequate defender. I think he's got to get in the mix and board, and I think we're going to find that there's a multi-dimension ability.''
Another quality Zeisloft possesses that Crean looks for in players is his abilities in the classroom. Academics were a major factor in his final decision to transfer to Indiana.
“Tremendous student,” Crean said. “Wanted Indiana, wanted the MBA from Indiana from the Kelley School badly.”
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in finance last year Zeisloft is eligible play immediately for the Hoosiers this season.