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Oladipo, Zeller face uncertain NBA draft
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 27, 2013 @ 12:57 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Michael Pointer, USA TODAY Sports
One day before the NBA draft, former Indiana University standout Cody Zeller still had no sense where he will end up.
“I have no clue,” Zeller said on the “Dan Patrick Show” today.
Zeller’s draft status has fluctuated since he decided to return to IU for his sophomore season. He was originally projected as high as No. 1 overall but has slipped according to mock drafts heading into Thursday’s draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Former IU teammate Victor Oladipo is also expected to go high in the first round.
“This year more than ever, no one really knows what is going to happen at the top,” Zeller told Patrick. “Obviously, no one knows what is going to happen from there.”
The 7-foot Zeller might have challenged eventual top overall pick Anthony Davis for the No. 1 spot last year if he had left IU after his freshman season. He returned and had a solid sophomore season, but not the dominating one scouts were looking for, in part because of Oladipo’s improvement.
But Zeller had an extended two-day visit earlier this week with the Orlando Magic, who have the No. 2 pick. That fueled speculation they would select Zeller, a move that would undoubtedly shake up the draft. The Charlotte Bobcats, with the No. 4 pick, also are viewed as a possibility.
ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, who will be part of the network’s draft coverage, said he thinks the vast improvement by Oladipo this past season hurt the perception of Zeller as a future pro.
“I find it fascinating we can say in one breath that Nerlens Noel can’t score but can improve offensively,” Bilas said in reference to the Kentucky center who might be the No. 1 overall pick. “But in the next breath, we say Cody Zeller took just two 3-point shots in college, he can’t shoot and he won’t get any better offensively.
“The guy is a crazy good athlete. He was the best player on his team for two years, Victor Oladipo included.”
Bilas said he would have no problem with a team like Orlando selecting Zeller that high.
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