Bobcats' Zeller excited to play in Charlotte
Posted July 1, 2013
University of Indiana product, and the No. 4 pick in this year’s NBA Draft, Cody Zeller is excited about being a member of the Charlotte Bobcats organization and is ready to contribute in any way possible.
“I’m definitely excited where I ended up,” Zeller said while joining Mike and Mark on The World Strongest Morning Show on 620 the Buzz Monday morning. “I’m excited to get down here and start working out.”
Zeller, also known as ‘The Big Handsome’, averaged 16.5 points per game with a 56.2 field goal percentage, 8.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in his sophomore year at Indiana.
The Bobcats, who finished the 2012-13 season 21-61, recently hired Steve Clifford as their head coach and the team possesses promising young talent obtained through recent drafts.
“There are a lot of young players with good work ethic here,” Zeller said. “That matches up with everything I’m about. It’s definitely going to be fun playing with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker.”
He will work closely with newly hired assistant coach, and 1985 No. 1 pick, Patrick Ewing.
Zeller does not know what position he will play this season but said he will play any position to help the team. He emphasized the desire to improve his perimeter game and recalls holding his own against this year’s No. 2 overall pick, Victor Oladipo, in three-point contests.
“I’ll shoot outside a lot more than I did in college,” said Zeller.
Zeller’s agent was aware that the Bobcats selected him minutes before it was announced, but decided to make it a surprise.
Zeller is excited for the opportunity to play under the six-time NBA Champ Michael Jordan.
“I think it will be a unique experience to learn from the greatest basketball player ever,” Zeller said.
Cody has two older brothers currently in the NBA, Luke and Tyler. Tyler, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, was drafted No. 17 in the 2012 NBA Draft and currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers.