Zeller: Crean Wants To Return To The Old Days

Indianapolis - Washington (Ind.) senior-to-be Cody Zeller continues to be one of Indiana's most coveted 2011 recruits. The 6'11", 210-pounder talked about the Hoosiers over the weekend and where things stand in the recruiting process...

Indianapolis – Hoping for some good news anytime soon from Cody Zeller?

Don't count on it.

It's not that the 6'11", 210-pound senior-to-be from Washington (Ind.) has scratched Indiana from his list – far from it. It's simply that Scout.com's 50th-ranked player in the 2011 class doesn't have a college decision on his immediate to do list.

In between games at last weekend's IndyBall.com AAU event in Indianapolis, Zeller said his scholarship total has reached the "too many to list" level, and the door is still open to others if they're inclined to get involved this summer. Of those that have already offered, no one has necessarily been ruled out or in as a potential finalist.

"I'll probably narrow it down sometime at the end of the summer," Zeller said. "I'll see if any more get interested after the summer. If not, I'll narrow it down and go from there."

Zeller's patience should come as no surprise. First of all, he's as well-versed in the recruiting process as anyone thanks to his ability to watch older brothers Luke and Tyler go through it in recent years. Secondly, just about everyone on his list is going to be willing to wait on a decision from him instead of going in other directions.

That's left Zeller holding all the cards, and as was the case with his older brother Tyler, he isn't able to tip his hand about what he's thinking or which direction he might be leaning.

With that said, Zeller is listening to what his suitors have to say. So coaches like IU's Tom Crean continue to make their pitch about why he's best suited to play for their respective program.

In Indiana's case, Crean appears to have Zeller at the very top of his big man wish list for the 2011 class. He and members of his staff have been on hand to see him on numerous occasions, and Zeller has been to IU games on a variety of occasions as well.

"He's trying to get the Indiana kids," Zeller said about Crean's recruiting pitch. "He says I could be an Indiana kid and it could be like the old days. He's trying to get things turned around there, and he says I could be one of the building blocks."

It's clearly been a rebuilding process in Bloomington since Crean arrived, with the roster completely turned over since Kelvin Sampson's departure. That's led to a couple of tough seasons, but Zeller says he can see signs of improvement.

"I know he's going to change it around," Zeller said. "He's a real nice coach, he's got some good recruits coming in and some good young freshmen already there. I think he can get it rolling."

One of the recruits Crean has in the fold is Hamilton Heights shooting guard Austin Etherington, a 6'6" senior-to-be who is playing alongside Zeller on Mark Adams' Team Indiana Elite AAU squad this summer. This marks the first time Zeller and Etherington have played AAU ball together, but last weekend's appearance in the IndyBall.com event convinced Etherington that he wants to do everything he can to get Zeller to join him as part of IU's 2011 class.

"I'd like to play with Cody at IU a lot," Etherington said. "Having a big guy like that at IU would be fun. We could win some games."


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