Heels closely tracking Zeller

It's obvious that the North Carolina Tar Heels hope to get some quality additions to the frontcourt from the class of 2005. One of the top players that Roy Williams and his staff plan to watch closely is 6-11 Luke Zeller from Washington, Ind.

"The UNC staff has definitely been in close contact," said Dave Omer, Zeller's high school coach. "The coaches have been out here to watch him play and I know that Luke has definitely been in contact with them over the phone and by e-mail."

Omer told Inside Carolina that two members of the UNC basketball staff have made the journey from Chapel Hill to see his skilled big man in action.

"Coach Joe Holladay has been here. And Coach (Steve) Robinson has been here, too. I know that they plan to actively recruit him," added Omer.

Zeller has started off this year with a bang. He's averaging well over 20 points per game and 10-11 boards per contest, according to Omer. And more importantly, the 225-pound big man has led his team to a 6-0 start on the season heading into the holidays.

"He's playing pretty well thus far," said Omer. "He's such a good player and a good kid. What you'll notice when you watch Luke is that he's a good shooter. He has good hands and he runs the floor. He's got good court sense and he's just a good ballplayer."

Zeller, who sports a 4.0 GPA in the classroom already has over 30 offers from Division I programs. He is likely to narrow down his school list by the spring and he'll start taking some official visits after that.

When asked whether he thought the Tar Heels had offered a scholarship to Zeller.

"Not to my knowledge," Omer said. "I think they're just going to actively recruit him and track him this winter."


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