Assuming this is our roster at the time of the 2013 draft, and assuming that we intend on keeping the roster together moving forward, I see us as looking hard at centers given the talent available and our chances of either getting a high pick (top 5) or parlaying the Tor pick for a top 3, who do you like?
A lot is yet to be determined as our guys have yet to log a minute in the NBA and several of the draft eligible players haven't played an NCAA game, but here is my estimate of the 2013 rooks:
Zeller: anti-Dwight Howard. Lot of skill with limited athleticism but has the height and bulk to be a contributor right away. Can run the offense through him in the post and has the ability to be disruptive on D.
Noel: limited offensively but has the athleticism and length to be disruptive force in the paint. Like Anthony Davis he will need to add a lot of bulk to his frame before banging down low.
Gobbert: Looooong but a stick figure. Seems to be pretty mobile and that length is going to allow him to contest shots on th perimeter and in the post. Not sure about the comp he has faced in France but a very intriguing prospect.
Austin: similar body to Noel but maybe more of an offensive game. More perimeter oriented despite his classification on offense but similar opportunity at being a force on D. Will play at Balor.
I go to Indiana, so I'm pretty biased on us taking Zeller. With that said, we should definately grab him and not think twice if given the chance. Noel right now is unproven, just as Drummond was going into his freshman year.
Zeller has a great attitude, great work ethic, is smart, big, getting stronger, and is fast. Houston will fall in love with his game if we get a chance to nab him.
I thought he would stay at IU for three years, but I think he's gone after this year. I mean, you can't turn down a top 3 selection, which is what he will be. He will dominate college this year.
He can board hard, he can run the floor, really smart all around player. Really hope we can get him. I'd take him #1 overall, over Shabazz. Zeller will make Dwight look silly one day. Im calling it. Hes going to be that good.
His college stats suggest he needs to improve in this area, actually. Even considering you get less boards in college. A college player who can board hard would be someone like Anthony Davis, who played a little bit more each game, but grabbed over 10 boards per to Zellers 6.6 per game. With much better talent around him to compete for rebounds.
Originally Posted by awc713
Zeller will make Dwight look silly one day. Im calling it. Hes going to be that good.
Zeller in his prime will never be the all around complete, at times fully dominant player that Dwight is at his best.