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2013 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Cody Zeller




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2013 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Cody Zeller


Position: Center

Size: 7-0, 240

School: Indiana, Sophomore


Strengths:
  • Athleticism
  • Footwork in the post
  • Effective with a variety of post moves
  • Great feel for scoring around the basket
  • Outstanding fundamentals on both ends of the floor
  • Passing ability for a big man
  • Handles the ball well for his size
  • Runs the floor as well as any center in college basketball
  • Defending pick and rolls
  • Lateral quickness
  • Extremely active on both ends of the floor
  • Terrific feel for the game
  • Basketball IQ




  • Weaknesses:
  • Strength
  • Physicality
  • Lacks the go-to scoring ability of a top prospect
  • Too easily pushed off the block when trying to establish position
  • Adding to his mid-range game


  • Summary: There just aren't many seven-footers with Zeller's combination of skill, athleticism, and feel for the game. He is not loaded with as much upside as most underclassmen draft prospects; needs to add some strength and doesn't figure to be a true franchise big man, but will still be one of the top picks in the 2013 NBA Draft.

    Player Comparison: Anderson Varejao. This is a tough one for me since I want to steer away from the Tyler Zeller comparison. Like Varejao, Zeller is extremely active on both ends of the floor, but not very physical and fairly limited to scoring about the basket. I think Zeller's ceiling in the NBA is being an important role starter like Varejao, but not somebody who can be one of the top scoring options on a playoff team.







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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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