2013 NBA Draft Prospect Workout: Cody Zeller

The Sacramento Kings brought in another projected lottery pick today in the 7-foot Cody Zeller.  The center prospect out of Indiana is tall and athletic, but needs to add a solid 20 lbs. to compete at the NBA level.

While the crowd in the media room shrunk this afternoon, the Kings brought in season ticket holders who had won a chance to watch today’s workout.  It’s nice to see some of the new ideas flowing through the Kings business department in relation to their customer service.

Cody Zeller

  • Age: 20
  • College: Indiana
  • Height: 7-0
  • Weight: 230 lbs.
  • Chad Ford’s Top 100 Ranking: 10
  • Quick Breakdown: Runs the floor well for a big man, high basketball IQ, good scoring abilities around the basket.  Must get stronger and play more physical.

Analysis:

Zeller is a high-skill big man with a solid motor and good upper body strength.  The 20-year-old prospect had his hands full with assistant coach Chris Jent, who tested Zeller physically around the basket.  Zeller put up an impressive 17 reps in the bench press at the combine, but he needs to add weight and strength to his lower body.  He is quick enough to play the power forward at the NBA level, which might be his best fit.

With shoes on, Zeller stands a smidge over 7-feet, but he measured under 6-foot-11 in wingspan.  While he has a huge 37.5-inch vertical leap, he only averaged 1.3 blocks per game at the college level.

Nothing really stood out in today’s workout.  Zeller was in Minnesota yesterday for a workout and then had to fly directly to Sacramento to work out for the Kings.  He looked worn down from the travel and pre-draft process.  As a bubble lottery pick, it was surprising to see him do a solo workout, but that was probably a good decision with the tight schedule.

Cody is the third Zeller brother to play in the league over the last few seasons.  His brother Luke llogged 16 games with the Suns last year and his brother Tyler played last season with the Cavs after being selected with the 17th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.

WATCH: Cody Zeller after his pre-draft workout and comments from Kings head coach Michael Malone

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Cody Zeller

  • Age: 20
  • College: Indiana
  • Height: 7-0
  • Weight: 230 lbs.
  • Chad Ford’s Top 100 Ranking: 10
  • Quick Breakdown: Runs the floor well for a big man, high basketball IQ, good scoring abilities around the basket.  Must get stronger and play more physical.

- See more at: http://cowbellkingdom.com/2013/06/12/cody-zeller-to-audition-before-sacramento-kings-in-solo-workout-tomorrow/#sthash.Q2M94D0m.dpuf

Cody Zeller

  • Age: 20
  • College: Indiana
  • Height: 7-0
  • Weight: 230 lbs.
  • Chad Ford’s Top 100 Ranking: 10
  • Quick Breakdown: Runs the floor well for a big man, high basketball IQ, good scoring abilities around the basket.  Must get stronger and play more physical.

- See more at: http://cowbellkingdom.com/2013/06/12/cody-zeller-to-audition-before-sacramento-kings-in-solo-workout-tomorrow/#sthash.Q2M94D0m.dpuf

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James Ham provides coverage through news analysis and in-depth interviews with Kings players and staff. James is also one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary "Small Market, Big Heart". James graduated UC Davis with a degree in history and is happily married with two children.