Luke Zeller Rooting for Two No. 1 Teams to Win Titles

http://i.cdn.turner.com/nba/nba/media/act_luke_zeller.jpgNEW YORK — Luke Zeller is rooting for two different No. 1 teams to win national championships in the coming months.

The 6-foot-11 Phoenix Suns rookie attended Notre Dame, which will play Alabama in football for the BCS national championship on Jan. 7.

He is also the older brother of Indiana sophomore Cody Zeller, who plays for the No. 1-ranked basketball team in the nation.

Before the Suns met the Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, Zeller said he was happy that Alabama beat Georgia, 32-28, in the SEC championship game Saturday night.

That sets up a highly anticipated Alabama-Notre Dame game. Notre Dame has beaten Alabama in five of six meetings since 1973, but the Crimson Tide have already been installed as a 7-to-10 point favorite.

“I think Alabama is one of the best teams in the country, and if you’re going to win it, you want to win it beating the best team in the country,” he said. “So I’m glad Alabama won.”

The Notre Dame basketball team plays at Cincinnati Jan. 7 and head coach Mike Brey joked on ESPN that he might get thrown out of that game at halftime and wind up in an Irish bar in Cincinnati watching the football game.

“I don’t know where he’s going to go in Cincinnati that they’ll want him to be there,” Luke Zeller joked. “He’s got to find some Notre Dame fans.”

On the basketball front, Luke said his younger brother is more concerned with being ranked No. 1 at the end of the season than before or during it — and that coach Tom Crean has worked the team hard early, having practices during fall break.

“I think he’s got just as high, if not, higher expectations of himself,” Luke said of his brother. “He does a great job of letting the game come to him, rather than forcing it.

“But at the same time he wants to win and he wants to compete and when he’s not able to do that he’s the first guy in the gym the next day trying to fix whatever he needs to fix.”

Cody Zeller is averaging 15 points and 7.6 rebounds for the undefeated Hoosiers (8-0), despite battling asthmatic bronchitis for several games earlier this season.

“He got real sick for two or three games,” Luke said. “He had a couple tough games but he turned it around when they played [North] Carolina.”

Zeller is projected by many NBA scouts as the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but Luke said his brother is not even thinking about that now.

“There are so many elements, where teams finish, how you finish, so many things you can’t control that it’s not worth it,” he said.

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73 comments
Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

A lot of people have hopped on the Kyle Fuller bandwagon. This is a bit disconcerting, although I believe he can be a good player I don't think he's the right pick at 18. If he's there in the second round I'd be totally  cool with pulling the trigger. My main concern is his lack of recovery speed. This could be a reason why he rarely if ever played press man in college. If we do draft him we'll need to upgrade our safeties. Nobody on this team right now could compensate for Fuller's lack of recovery speed when he gets beat at the line of scrimmage and the QB throws the ball over the top. Don't fill yourself up on Fuller in the first...

dobermite
dobermite

I can't see my last post when I logout. Was it deleted? If so, why?

WW85
WW85

Cody Latimer has my attentionn

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

If he's BPA then pick him, otherwise don't.   Same opinion I have about most of these prospects.

ukjetsfan
ukjetsfan

Give me a Hubbard or a Kirksey or someone like that instead ta....

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

I want Gangrel nation to get behind the Rangers tonight! We win tonight, we have them in a stranglehold!

WW85
WW85

He;s got a motor & he's got great attitude. He seems pretty small & slow, though. Don't see how he would make the team, but I'd invite him to camp UDFA.

unorigname
unorigname

So I was having a conversation with Mary Jane . She suggested that perhaps Idzik is hoping the additional cap space, and carry over for next year, could potentially land some 1st round picks signing fifth year options. I wonder if any will escape their teams. We will be loaded with cap space .

a57se
a57se

Pass....there are a lot of LB prospects in this draft who have much more upside then Sam.....

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@Cordell C  He plays mostly off-man...Off and press are two different things but similar in that they are both man to man...

MPTG_Frank
MPTG_Frank

Seriously?? How long did it take you to come up with that? Whatta wit......

mrblint
mrblint

@WW85 I saw an evaluation of him somewhere and the guy may not be the fastest or strogest but he is just good. He regularly beat the tackles on very good teams. Has very good technique and deceptive speed. The conclusion was that he needed more strength. Thats something that can be developed though - I would take him in the 4th (since we have 3 picks) or 5th

Zartan
Zartan

Circus would return, even if he's a good prospect.

blackwood1
blackwood1

@mrblint @WW85 Find that please because every other eval says not NFL player in a nutshell. Oh & he was horrible at combine & pro day.

WW85
WW85

@Zartan  UDFA I'd def invite him. But I wouldn't spend a pick on him 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @Hanknaples 

Well, despite Hanks overzealous statement........Sam probably will get a book deal out of it. I wouldn't be surprised if we end up with a movie eventually.

Zartan
Zartan

Cant risk it with the jets history.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@a57se @jake100  

That's cool, I enjoy it and watch the games, but it is not close to my football, but still, it is a great sport full of action!

a57se
a57se

@jake100  

I used to watch them every chance I could get when I was a kid.....Giacomin, Ratelle, Gilbert, Hadfield ......now? I am too impatient watching hockey. I can only monitor the games and see how things are going!


UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@a57se  I might not know where they are going, but  I am going to my brothers to root them on, and we will have some beers and snacks, so I am not btching, woob wa wa, a wise guy!

maynard
maynard

@Hanknaples I'm actually waiting till you come out as an A-hole, and find out everyone knew it all along anyway!


he came out when he was ready, probably because he knew that during the pre draft investigations by all the NFL teams he would come out , and to control the press it is better that he does it himself.  why are you obsessed with this?   just showing intolerance and usual homophobic prejudice?  Guy will have a tough enough time for the rest of his life  from people like you. judge him as a football player with limited athleticism, extremely high motor and NO off the field issues.

maynard
maynard

@a57se @Hanknaples reading this string of comments between you two is like watching two monkeys fighting over a coconut and Shi--ting all over themselves while they do. entertaining but somewhat disgusting.

blackwood1
blackwood1

@a57se @HanknaplesHe was not going to get drafted & knew this would be a good way to back in to a contract (no pun intended) & he probably would of been outed by a lover, which is sad.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@WW85 i forgot it was common knowledge amongst the team and coaches that they knew his sexual orientation...

WW85
WW85

@rstysanchz  He came out to his teammates a year earlier.. How could anyone blackmail him?

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@Hanknaples  according to michael sam he came out before the draft so teams would know in advance what they were getting when drafting him instead of him being drafted and someone else coming out for him after the fact....im also wondering if he did it to stop someone from black mailing him once he signed a contract and had a little money 

WW85
WW85

@a57se Exactly. He never made a big deal about it. The press did. I thought he was pretty dignified about it. Maybe he will get rich off of it. who knows. He doesn't seem like an NFL player to me, but a lot of drive can make up for physical skills. 

a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples  

maybe he was trying to defuse a potentially explosive situation by coming out months before he became an NFL payer so the story wouldn't affect his future team mates as much as it might if it leaked out?

a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples @a57se 

I apologize for saying that even though it applied? That doesn't sound like an apology to me......

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@a57se @Hanknaples  

An insult being compared to Brendan? I would wage a full scale war if I was compared to him, nothing against Brendan, lol

a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples  

You asked me to explain myself and I did.........

I thought I was concise and to the point. I take it as an insult comparing me to brendan.



a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples @a57se

The hyperbole and exclamation points plus the caps and calling the guy a jerk and referring to Troy Vincents' knowledge of openly Homosexual players as if anyone outside of football actually knew about them.

Other then that, you were your usual measured, nuanced self!