Center Luke Zeller in No Rush to Decide

Coach Steve Alford has not taken long in wrapping up recruiting classes in his short tenure at Iowa, and it has not changed this time around with Center Luke Zeller. The 6'11 215 Sophmore from Washington, Indiana has already gained two BigTen offers and is getting heavy interest from another midwest school. Will Luke make an early decision? Also get the opinion of Luke's AAU coach, Phil Bollier, on Luke and his recruitment. HTO.com has the latest!

Luke Zeller is not scheduled to graduate until May of 2005. At that time, Erek Hansen will just be done with his red-shirt junior year at Iowa. That may be a big reason why Coach Alford and staff wasted no time in offering Luke as a freshman, much like the scenario with Jeff Horner and J.R. Angle.

"I have gained offers from Iowa and Purdue," Luke stated to HTO.com in the midst of a two on two game being held with friends at Coach Bollier's house. "I have visited both schools twice so far and took a visit to Kansas two weeks ago. All the visits went really well and were pretty comparable."

HTO.com did not waste much time with Luke as he breathed hard into the phone. There were only a few more quotes we got out of him while he gasped for air.

"I visited Iowa once during an intrasquad scrimmage and also when I was out visiting family in Springville, IA. I was really impressed with the coaches. They were very nice and I like their atttidue towards christianity and the faith they held. The facilities also ranked very highly in what I liked."

"I'm in no rush to make a decision. I will wait until at least my junior year before deciding. I just want to go where I mix in well with the coaches and players. I'm just going to continue working on my game and running cross country."

It is a very intriguing concept; Luke running cross-country as a big man. Certainly, that will be essential in helping Luke's endurance, but also in getting up and down the court. That ability alone is what a lot of times can make a big man be such a coveted prospect.

HTO.com also caught up with Phil Bollier, the head coach at Leo High School, and he serves as Luke's AAU coach. First, Coach Bollier was asked to describe Luke's game and his potential.

"I coach Adam Ballinger, forward at Michigan State, and if you would take Adam's game and Luke's game, you would see similarity. Luke has more offensive skill, but is not quite as physical. However, Luke is only fifteen and will have plenty of time to become more physical."

"Luke has unlimited potential. He is a great kid and has a very supportive family. His family is very level-headed with the recruiting process and wants to see Luke looked at in more aspects than just an athlete. I cannot tell you enough about the unlimited potential that Luke holds."

Could we possibly see Mike Davis and the Indiana Hoosiers become involved anytime soon?

"I would not expect anything at this point. Recruiting is unpredictable. I do expect Luke to receive interest from just about everybody, and I'm sure that Indiana will take a serious look at one of the best in-state."

Finally, Hawk fans have all been aware of the name value Steve and Sam Alford hold in Indiana. It has helped their cause in the recruitment of many Indiana prospects, and will help with Luke Zeller. With Coach Bollier also coaching at the high school ranks, just exactly how is the Alford name viewed in the state of Indiana?

"Being in the high school ranks, there are not many families as respected as the Alford's. They have excellent chracter and a great work ethic. They are looked at very highly in this state."

Luke Zeller will give Hawk fans an opporunity to watch his recruitment for a while instead of seeing an early commitment. While that may not be a good thing for Hawk fans to have the uncertainity of Luke's plans, Iowa will be a big player in Luke's recruitment. Will Coach Alford land another gem from his home state?


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