Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
The interesting thing about Zeller is that he apparently has a good mid range(and beyond) jump shot. But he's never really felt comfortable using it because early in the season, there was ALWAYS someone hot so it was always a lower percentage shot than the offense could generate otherwise , and by the time it got into the meat of the schedule he probably didn't really feel as comfortable with it. If he comes back, the offense is going to be a lot more dependent on him which is both good and bad.
That said, he's a fool to come back. Forget all the people saying he's not ready. He's ready to be a top 15-top 20 pick. Last year he would have been a top 10 pick. Even if he "gets better" he might still slide in the draft if he comes back next year.
Apparently at the first practice of the season, which was open to the public, he was draining three pointers in shoot around. He needs to work on getting his shot off his shoulder though. Both on his jump shot and in the lane his release is far too low. He's definitely one of the most athletic and graceful big men in the game, so if he forced people to guard him 15 feet from the hoop, he would be unstoppable.
I agree that he should go because there's a risk of falling more. However, his stock was not going to be any higher than it was after last year. After this year, he could theoretically improve his stock by a fair bit. Probably just the musings of a delusional fan, but I think he'll at least strongly consider coming back.