Cody Zeller to have individual workout with Blazers

Cody Zeller to have individual workout with Blazers
June 7, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Update 3:15pm: According to Casey Holdhal of trailblazers.com, Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen is in attendance for Cody Zeller's private workout at the team's practice facility.

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Indiana center Cody Zeller will have an individual workout with the Portland Trail Blazers Friday afternoon, Zeller informed CSNNW.com.

This will be Zeller's third workout and his second individual session.

Portland is a great city and I think it's a place I could see myself playing, Zeller told CSNNW.com. “I'm excited to have my workout with Portland and we'll go from there.”

Zeller, 20, declared for the NBA Draft after a stellar sophomore season in which he averaged career highs of 16.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

The 7-0 prospect is projected to be a lottery pick and is expected to be around once Portland is on the clock.

The Trail Blazers currently have Meyers Leonard as their only true center on its roster. The team has picks No. 10, 39, 40 and 45 in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Full Name: Cody Allen Zeller
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 7-0 (2.13 m)/ 240 (108.9 kg) Birthdate: October 5, 1992 (Washington, Ind.) High School: Washington HS (Washington, Ind.) College: Indiana

Career Highlights: Holds IU's record for career field goal percentage at .591. Scored 1,157 career points, ranking 36th all-time in school history. Selected Second Team AP All-American and First Team All-Big Ten as a sophomore. Consensus freshman All-American pick and the Big Ten Freshman of the Year as a rookie. Helped lead Indiana to back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16's for the first time since 1994 and the program's first outright Big Ten regular season championship since 1993.

Sophomore (2012-13): Led IU with averages of 16.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. First Team All-Big Ten and All-Big Ten Tournament selection. Ranked among the top five in the Big Ten in scoring (fourth), rebounds (second) and field goal percentage (56.2, fifth). Named as both a Basketball Times and Sports Illustrated First Team All-American. Also earned a spot on the John R. Wooden All-America Team, while also being selected Second Team All-American by the AP, USBWA and the NABC. Tabbed Third Team by Sporting News. Registered 25 points and 10 rebounds in a 72-71 win at No. 7 Michigan, including the final six points and altering the potential game-winning shot in the final 52 seconds to secure the Hoosiers' first outright Big Ten title since 1993. Selected by numerous outlets as the presea- son National Player of the Year. Also earned Capital One First Team Academic All-American and Academic All-Big Ten honors.

Freshman (2011-12): Averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Shot 62.3 percent from the field which was fourth in the nation, tops in the Big Ten and second all-time at IU. AP Honorable Mention All- American. Freshman All-American by Yahoo, Sporting News and USBWA. Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Coaches) and Second-Team All-Big Ten. Seven-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Named to the Wayman Tisdale Award Preseason Watch List, honoring the nation's top freshman for the 2011-12 season as selected by the USBWA. Also a candidate for the John Wooden Award and Oscar Robertson Trophy, both honoring the nation’s top player.

Strengths: Very long, agile and athletic. Runs the floor exceptionally well. Highly skilled in the post. Scores in a variety of ways. Handles the ball well for a big. High basketball IQ.

Personal: Older brother, Tyler, plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA and was an All-American at North Carolina. Another brother, Luke, spent a portion of the 2012-13 season with the Phoenix Suns and competed collegiately at Notre Dame. Their uncle, Al Eberhard, played four seasons with the NBA's Detroit Pistons.