He said it: IU’s Cody Zeller talks about going pro, his time as a Hoosier

CODY ZELLER ON HIS TIME AT INDIANA:
“The past two years here have been probably the best two years of my life. Being able to play basketball for these coaches and with the guys in that locker room and in front of the fans of Indiana has been great. At this part in my life I think it’s best for me to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA.”

“Playing at Assembly Hall brings so many memories to mind, even the things that the public didn’t see as far as the practices and the fun times we had in the locker room. We were a very close group both years that I was here with the coaches and the players, and I will carry those relationships with me through the rest of my life. This is a great place.”

“There was a sense of closure with playing my last game at Assembly Hall and playing in my last tournament. I definitely left everything out there that I had.”

“The fans were always so great, largest student section in the country. It was never tough to play hard (at Assembly Hall) because you had so much adrenaline because you fed off the crowd so much. That’s a special thing you don’t see a whole lot of in the NBA, so that’s one of the main things I’m going to miss.”

ZELLER ON HIS DECISION TO DECLARE FOR NBA DRAFT:
“My family was a very big part of it as was the coaching staff. It was great for me to have the people I’m closest to help me make my decision. At the end of the day I knew I needed to do what was best for myself and I feel like this is what is best.”

“Obviously my education is important to me, but I’m only 35 credits shy of graduation, which will take me two summers to complete. The first summer will be 14 credits completing ICORE for the Business School, which will leave me with 21. The second summer I’ll take 15 credits and then I’ll finish the remainder six credits online. Right now I plan on coming back and finishing that.”

“A big part of it was that the leaders on this team that I came into the program looking up to and copying their work ethic – Victor (Oladipo), Christian (Watford), Jordan (Hulls), and Derek (Elston) – were leaving. Obviously IU will have a great year next season but the guys that I was closest to are graduating. It will be fun to go through the workouts with Victor and being in the same situation. We’ve already been working out together and it will be fun to have someone go through the same things as me and compare notes with.”

“(Injuries) can happen at any time. That’s such a scary thing, seeing someone you competed against get injured. But that’s part of the game and that’s something that goes into this decision. It’s part of what went into the decision (to stay) last year. That was one of the risks of me coming back this year. But it’s just one of the factors.
“After a while you just kind of know. I kind of knew, barring injury or something, that this might be my last year so I was enjoying every last minute of it.”

ON WHAT BROTHERS TYLER AND LUKE HAVE TOLD HIM ABOUT THE NBA:
“There’s a lot of things. It’s a whole different game in the NBA. A lot of things change with every jump you make, going from high school to college and college to the NBA. It’s a big jump. The game is so much faster, everyone is so much stronger, so there are a lot of unknowns that are coming but that’s what makes it exciting.

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