Zeller Visits UNC

It's not every day you get the chance to play pickup with Marvin Williams and Rashad McCants. Junior Tyler Zeller got his chance over the weekend on an unofficial visit to North Carolina.

"I did all right," Zeller said of his pick-up performance. "It was pretty interesting. The first game I had to guard Marvin Williams. He's very good. Actually when I got there I didn't realize who it was until my dad told me."

After playing with the team and former players, Zeller and his family got a chance to talk to the coaching staff and go to North Carolina's football game against Virginia Tech.

"We went up and talked to Coach Williams and then we went to the tailgate before the football game and they gave us a tour of the campus. Then we just went back and talked."

Zeller said he has talked to North Carolina on the phone once before and the Carolina staff saw him play with Indiana Elite this summer. So his dad put in a call to set up the unofficial visit.

"It was really fun," the Washington (Ind.) High standout said about trip. "I just like doing [the visits]. It was really exciting."

This was the second weekend in a row that Zeller had taken an unofficial visit, as he was at Purdue the previous weekend. Along with the Tar Heels and Boilermakers, Zeller has received interest from Indiana, Notre Dame, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Bradley and Evansville.

For Zeller the recruiting process has been manageable because he watched his brother, Luke, go through it two years ago.

"It's been a lot easier because it all didn't just come on me at once. I kind of knew what was coming. It made it a lot easier and I can always just call him for advice, which helps a lot."

With his brother now at Notre Dame, would Tyler consider heading to South Bend?

"I don't know. I would only be playing with him one year if I go there. I've got to look at all four years and I've got to look at what I want to go into, too. It'd be fun to play with him, but it'd also be nice to make my own foot steps at another school."

The 6-10, 200-pound power forward, who averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season, claims scholarship offers from Bradley, Iowa, Indiana, Evansville, Notre Dame, Purdue, Illinois and Iowa State."

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