"Yeah, they offered," Zeller said Saturday evening after a game in which he hit his first six field goal attempts. "Yesterday morning I talked to Coach."
The 7-0, 220-pound center from Washington (Ind.) High School narrowed his list from more than 30 scholarship offers earlier this month -- Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Now add North Carolina.
"I actually came last fall and made an unofficial visit [to UNC], went around campus, and talked to all the coaches," Zeller said. "It's a great campus and the coaches are well known, so it'd be great to play down here."
Now with a manageable list, and claiming no favorites, Zeller said the recruiting process has become less hectic.
"It's not bad now that I've narrowed it down," he said. "It was crazy for a while after [the April tournaments in] Arkansas and Texas. That was 25 offers in about a month. That was crazy."
After averaging 18.3 points and 9.5 rebounds his junior season and breaking the school field goal percentage record (68%), Zeller's spring performances on the AAU circuit have greatly improved his stock amongst colleges and analysts. Scout.com now ranks Zeller as the No. 25 overall prospect in the 2008 class.
"I think he's a great story," said Dave Telep of Scout.com. "A year ago this kind of success would have been tough to predict. However, he's hitting his stride, playing with great confidence and there's no looking back. He's arrived in a big way and his play and potential are mirroring each other. He's one of the most coveted big men in America."
But Zeller (whose brother Luke was a McDonald's All-American in 2005 and is now a rising junior at Notre Dame) isn't resting on his success to date.
"I've still got a lot of maturing to get where I want to be," he said. "I've got a lot of work to do also. I've been playing really well this spring, though."