Cody Zeller can’t wait to work in family business

Cody Zeller announced he was leaving Indiana University after just two seasons of playing basketball to work in the family business.
And to play in the NBA, of course.
Playing professional basketball has been Zeller’s dream, of course. Now it becomes his priority since that’s how he will be earning his future pizza money.
But during the off-season, the 7-foot Washington, Ind. resident will be back home as often as he can to help out with DistinXion, the family’s nonprofit organization.
Founded by older brother Luke, DistinXion operates summer camps that until now Zeller has had to keep at arm’s length because of inane NCAA rules.
“Over the past few years I haven’t been able to be part of it, even though it was my family’s company and it’s a non-profit organization.,” said Zeller of DistinXion. “Now I’ll be able to help out with that. They do Christian basketball camps. They also teach family values, a lot of things that I was raised on. It’s a unique opportunity for Luke, Tyler and I to give back to kids.”
Luke Zeller, who played at Notre Dame, was recently waived by the Phoenix Suns and isn’t currently listed on the roster of any NBA Development League teams.
Tyler Zeller, who starred at North Carolina, had been in the same hand’s-off situation as Cody until last summer. Now playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tyler will be back helping Luke conduct camps with their parents.
Steve and Lorri Zeller also use the business to mentor adults and promote family values.
There are also plans for a book, apparently.

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Randy Beard has been at the Courier & Press since 2007 and became the sports editor in 2012. He has previously been a sports editor at the Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat. He began his professional sports journalist career in 1976 and has spent his career primarily covering college sports in the ACC, SEC and Big Ten. He's also covered the NFL, the original North American Soccer League and professional tennis and golf. He's covered two Super Bowls, three college football national championship games, dozens of NCAA basketball tournament games, an Olympics, a World Cup and once hung out with soccer legend George Best for two days and sat in a golf cart with Jan Stephenson.

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