Cody Zeller working to get up to speed
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Despite running the three-quarter-court sprint faster than any player taller than 6'9" at the draft combine, Bobcats rookie Cody Zeller continues to take people by surprise with his athleticism.
"It is unique," Zeller told The News & Observer, when asked about his speed. "People who play against me are always surprised the first time."
Zeller, the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft, acquitted himself well in his first taste of pro ball, as he was named to the all-tournament team at the Las Vegas summer league. He averaged 16.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in four games.
Zeller averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in his sophomore season at Indiana, and is expected to slot into the starting lineup at power forward, next to Al Jefferson.
Despite his solid numbers in college, Zeller disappointed some by not taking a big enough step forward last season. Still, he thinks his game might be more well suited to the NBA rules, where he can drive more easily without defenders camped in the lane.
"First time in a while it didn't seem like there were six or seven guys waiting for me in the lane," Zeller said.