Before the 2012-2013 college basketball season got underway last month, the Indiana Hoosiers’ pre-season All American Cody Zeller was featured on ESPN the Magazine, Sporting News, and Sports Illustrated’s covers. SI labeled him the “best player” on the “best team” (with the best pants, for good measure).
So if being the most popular man in Bloomington wasn’t already enough pressure on the sophomore center, he then had the entire nation’s attention shifted to him.
After gaining muscle and growing taller in the offseason, Zeller-mania blew up on a national scale. Credit: ESPN
After 9 games, Cody is averaging 15.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest. Yes, those are solid numbers that many people expect to increase once the more competitive portion of IU’s schedule rolls around.
But as of right now, you can’t say those numbers, at least on paper, are Player of the Year worthy.
Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils have beaten three top-5 teams, catapulting themselves into the number 2 slot