Indiana's Cody Zeller turned down one chance to play in the NBA. He couldn't say no twice.
The 7-foot sophomore center, who returned to school last fall for one more shot at a national championship, announced Wednesday he is leaving college early to enter the NBA draft. The reason was simple.
''The leaders that I came in looking up to and copying their work ethic were Vic, Christian (Watford), Jordan (Hulls), Derek (Elston), a lot of those older guys that are leaving now,'' Zeller said explaining the difference between last year's decision and this year's. ''IU will have a great year next year, but the guys I was closest to are graduating.''
The decision was first announced on the website of his family's business shortly before the news conference at Assembly Hall. Zeller said he was eager to start working with the Christian basketball camps being run by his parents and two older brothers, something the youngest Zeller said NCAA rules barred him from participating even though the...