Cody Zeller, a 6’10” forward out of Washington High School in Washington, Indiana, signed his letter of intent to play for Indiana University, breaking the hearts of coaches at schools such as Purdue and University of North Carolina that were hoping to snag the young star.
Behind a banner that said “Washington High School/Home of the Hatchets” Zeller sat between his parents before the announcement. When called to the podium, Zeller, without the use of any school gear or props, said he would be going to “IU.”
Some thought he might choose the UNC Tar Heels where his brother Tyler is entering his junior season. The oldest Zeller, Luke, played at Notre Dame from 2005-2009. Cody enters the season as a top candidate to take the 2011 Indiana Mr. Basketball award. Following several years of watching the top state recruits pass over Bloomington for out-of-state campuses, Indiana fans are celebrating this major recruiting coup.
“I think it will mean a lot to me playing in this state,” Zeller said. “There are a lot of things that go into play (in the decision), the players and the coaches were the most important. I knew it was the right thing for me after talking to a few people who are real close to me. It was a tough process, but I enjoyed it. It’s something you can only do once in a lifetime.”