Zeller Focused on Senior Season

There was no shortage of media attention for Tyler Zeller last week. That's when the near seven footer from Washington (Ind.) High announced that he was going to be a North Carolina Tar Heel. Wednesday morning he'll sign his letter of intent and fax it off to the Carolina basketball office making things official.

After all of the attention that surrounded his verbal commitment, Zeller says things will be much more low key this time around.

"I'm not real sure what we're going to do yet. My mom's in charge of it but I'm pretty sure we're going to go into a conference room and sign it," said Zeller. "With the commitment last Monday, that was kind of a big deal so we don't need to do that again."

As excited as he is to solidify his collegiate future, it's hard for Zeller to think too much about North Carolina. After all, he's got a senior season of high school ball to focus on before he makes it to Chapel Hill.

"I'm just kind of thinking about the high school season right now," Zeller told Inside Carolina. "I know it's a great school, but I've got to worry about my high school season right now and what I've been improving on the last few years. I'll worry about that in the spring."

In particular, Zeller wants to make sure that he makes the most of his last year playing ball in his home state.

"It means a lot because it's going to be my last year playing in the great state of Indiana and it's such a great basketball state," said Zeller. "I just want to improve as much as I can, my team to improve as much as we can and hopefully win a state championship."

While he remains focused on his senior season, Zeller also understands that he's part of an Top 10-ranked three-man recruiting class put together by Roy Williams.

"You've got two other great players coming in and it will be great playing alongside them," said Zeller of his classmates. "Larry Drew is a great player and makes his team so much better just by being out there with them. Ed Davis, I really don't know much about him because I haven't really seen him. He's a good forward I know that, but he played for a Nike AAU team so I never really got to play against him."

Looking to the spring and his final few months of high school, Zeller knows that he won't have much time to rest before he makes the final push to prepare himself for college basketball.

"Probably first of all I'll need to get healthy and get my legs under me. After the season you need to take some time off because you're legs are tired and you're a little nicked up so I'll probably do that," said Zeller of his post senior season plans. "After that I'll just be getting into the gym as much as possible and working on my game so that I can be ready when I get to Carolina."

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