Cody Zeller at McDonald’s All-American Game

Photo courtesy of Henny Ray Abrams | McDonald’s

Cody Zeller left Indianapolis after winning the 3A state championship and headed to Chicago, where practices for Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game began on Sunday.

Such is the life of a top prospect.

Part of Sunday’s festivities included going to the Ronald McDonald House, where the players met with the families there and also, it seems, made cookies (as you can see by the above photo, Zeller likes his sprinkles).

Dustin and I will be at the game on Wednesday, but decided not to attend any of the pregame festivities. Smart move – the list of participants for tonight’s slam dunk, 3-point and skills contests did not include Zeller.

The game, by the way, will be at 10 p.m. (eastern) on ESPN.

Another photo after the jump.

33 comments

  1. Has Crean’s recent surge with instate recruiting scared Matt Painter off to Mizzou?? I really think Painter is trying to get paid and get closer to the Matta/Izzo/Crean pay scale….as he probably should. Will the Purdue brass take the bait or risk a big setback to their program just as the Hoosiers are gaining major momentum? Mizzou is a good school with nice facilities but not a better basketball school than Purdue. Let’s see if Pork-chop can get himself more sauce.

  2. I was thinking recently that this year is as good as it will get for Painter at PeeU. He got the class a few years back with Martin, Hummel, Johnson, and Moore when IU was really down. Painter and Purdue fans have to see the writing on the wall with Crean’s recruiting. I hope they enjoyed the ride for the last 3 years. I am loving this! The PeeU fans came out on the internet and in person and really kicked IU around this past season…the future should be fun for IU fans. I still feel bad for Hummel though…

  3. should have explained…it was known things were not going well for IU when those kids signed with IU, the buzz was bad around IU bball at the time…

  4. sure wish
    cody was smart enough to transfer his committment to Butler where he could get some better coaching and probably more tourney experience. I’m even an IU grad and hate to see him maybe waste his time at IU.

  5. Actually, ‘that’s as good as it gets’ is what was said about Butler last year. We are left following the tall kid from southern Indiana sprinkling sugar on cookies with not one but two highly paid columnist/media wonk/reporters…the HT must deep, deep pockets!

    Meanwhile, back across Third Street in urban Bloomington, just north of metropolitan Oolitic, …the foundation of a very critical football period is being laid down one brick at a time. Following up a very good story on overall philosophies (red-shirting practices), somsome goe pretty radical defensive changes with reporting on offensive ideas and practices, the quarterback competition and whether “chubby” quarterbacks with good arms are likely to show up under Coach Wilson would be a lot better use of time and budget.

    Also, some more attention to baseball (I hear we’re pretty good and competing with Purdue), track and field where I noticed we were mentioned as ‘top ten’ during the telecast of the NCAA Indoor meet…and soccer where after so much recruitment of top talent, it would be interesting to find out how Coach Yeagley II is developing a style of play (controlled, paced, on the ground, wet in the clouds and long…..lots of possibilities). Are any of those players serious candidates for the U.S. National Team (which looked pretty good and showed some great young kids last week).

    So…..if our prayers don’t work and a very, very good (and, I understand, fine individual Coach Painter does not leave…PPPPPPPP…(can’t say it!), have we got anything going besides our annual and now expensive puberty watch under the arches.

  6. Actually, ‘that’s as good as it gets’ is what was said about Butler last year. We are left (BESIDE ADMITTING WE WATCH THE MID-MAJOR REDEFINING BULLDOGS AS WELL) following the tall kid from southern Indiana sprinkling sugar on cookies in Chicago with not one but two highly paid columnist/media wonk/reporters…the HT must HAVE deep, deep pockets!

    Meanwhile, back across Third Street in urban Bloomington, just north of metropolitan Oolitic, …the foundation of a very critical football period is being laid down one brick at a time. Following up a very good story on overall philosophies (red-shirting practices),some pretty radical defensive changes with reporting on offensive ideas and practices, the quarterback competition and whether “chubby” quarterbacks with good arms are likely to show up under Coach Wilson would be a lot better use of time and budget.

    Also, some more attention to baseball (I hear we’re pretty good and competing with Purdue), track and field where I noticed we were mentioned as ‘top ten’ during the telecast of the NCAA Indoor meet…and soccer where after so much recruitment of top talent, it would be interesting to find out how Coach Yeagley II is developing a style of play (controlled, paced, on the ground, English style (wet in the clouds and long)…..lots of possibilities). Are any of those players serious candidates for the U.S. National Team (which looked pretty good and showed some great young kids last week).

    So…..if our prayers don’t work and a very, very good (and, I understand, fine man) Coach Painter does not leave…PPPPPPPP…(can’t say it!), have we got anything going besides our annual and now expensive puberty watch under the arches.

    ADD PS: Keep your eye on your email.

  7. Elmo,

    Do you think there is any chance CZ will be a better
    BB player for IU than Taber, Finklemeier, Gambles, Dumes, Jobe, Rivers, Pritchard, Roth or Jones have turned out to be? If he does, think about why.

  8. JPat…I love you! (and think you are a heck of a father). Just, happen to be wrong a lot. Anyway…do I need to remind you that not one player on the Butler team was anything but #1 in their mommies’ eyes before they taught the world how the game is played when it is played well.

    The most personally irritating thing about sports today…because it enables the hyping and idolatry culture that is choking the life and culture out of sports…is to follow this c**p about ranking, recruitment, human trafficking lists. And, given many of your musings when talking about coaching your kid and insuring sports’ culture stay wholesome…it surprises.

    Now don’t get all wacky and emotional with me…we agree on almost 2% percent of everything!

  9. Hoosier Clarion…I think that CZ could be as good as….as…as…Don (I think it was Don) Nord, maybe (just maybe!)

    Best regards…I often enjoy your comments.

  10. Tsao, wrong according to you maybe but nobody is right or wrong on here…is is just opinion anyway. Trust me, I don’t agree with much you write but we agree more than 2% of the time. I respect you go to and cheer for all IU sports…I do the same. With all respect to you, I think you are an older gentleman and while I preach old school I can admit I get caught up in things like rankings. I never said kids that were not ranked could not win, never even hinted to that. I do know that anyone on this planet would take IU’s class of 2012 over….say Butler’s or VCU’s. I have a buddy who forwarded me the Peegs thing giving the five players rankings for 2012 and it is impressive. I was fortunate enough to watch all the games this past weekend and tons of youtube that same buddy sends me from Peegs. These kids are damn good for 2012 and I am excited!

  11. being reported on cbssports.com that Painter is meeting with Mizzou in the next 48 hours…this year was as good as it would get for Painter at PU and he is thinking hard about jetting! Crean has him shaking in his penny loafers with his great recruiting!!!

  12. J Pat,

    I tend to agree about the trembling penny loafers. But with MP having PUke at near the top of their existence he may find it timely to apply leverage to the always fiscally frugal ag. school and AD Morgan Burke. If they call his bluff he may very well end up with a Columbia, Mizzou address. Who knows maybe Painter thinks Mizzou will be in the B10 sometime soon.

  13. Clarion, good point…I thought he might be thinking pay raise too and maybe PU did not bite on it.

  14. All the hyperbole aside, is the buzz around the state (I live out of state) really serious that Painter might go to Missouri? I can’t see as that’s a better place to coach basketball than Purdue, unless the speculation that Crean’s re-establishment of the IU brand as the dominant one in state recruiting is making him think he’d have a better chance at success there.

    Still, seeing as he’s a Purdue grad, it’s tough for me to see him leaving. If he did, maybe Cuonzo Martin would back out of the Tennessee job in favor of his alma mater, and Brad Stevens could go to UT, and Butler would go back to being a normal mid-major team and all would be right in the Hoosier hoops universe. One can only hope.

  15. For entertainment sake how about this scenario. Painter has admitted he grew up watching IU basketball and wanting to play in Bloomington but didn’t catch coach Knights eye and ended up at Purdue. He knows it will be real hard to compete with Crean for instate recruits from now on but he thinks he may have the edge in pure coaching ability. He’ll never fulfill his boyhood dream of being the man in Bloomington by coaching PU so he needs a bridge job to cleanse himself of Boiler stank. He could go to Mizzou and wait it out 3-5 years to see if Crean really has the ability to coach the top level talent he has coming in. If Crean can’t win or at least compete for a championship with his 2011-2014 classes he’ll most definitely be fired. That opens the door for Pork-chop to become the man in Indiana. That door would hopefully be swiftly closed by the hiring of Brad Stevens as the successor to TC at IU…..the guy who actually coaches kids to championships.

  16. I presume you’re all tongue-in-cheek when you say Painter will leave because he’s scared of IU and won’t be able to recruit. It seems to me what he’s doing is trying to get a better budget around him so he can remain competitive with IU, which to my knowledge gives Crean whatever he wants. I hope Painter gets what he wants, because IU and Purdue both being elite like it used to be is a good thing for all of us (as long as we beat Purdue)

  17. You guys are pretty lively today. Don’t pretend that the Butler thing happened overnight. When I was in college (the 90s) Butler went to at least 1 sweet 16. This is the culmination of probably 20 years of continuity at a mid-major program, in a basketball state, with a top 5 “historic” program down-and-out. I would date this back to them beating Bailey’s senior team in Hinkle fieldhouse. Bulter fans don’t understand how hard it is to get back to back final fours. Ask PU how hard it is to just get to one in 30+ years. Stevens has done awesome, but he had the ground work laid for him. Licklieter is probably kicking himself right now. Brad Stevens will turn the success of the last two seasons into getting a top 5 job in the next couple years.

  18. Hey Tsao,
    I’m giving you as much football as I can with two availability sessions a week. (Again, not complaining. They only practice three days a week, so two out of three ain’t bad) Our trip to Chicago for McDonald’s will cost you literally no football coverage. They practice Tuesday and Thursday. Not Wednesday. I’ll be there both days.
    Baseball coverage is going to pick up because they’re finally playing home games. At the moment, I’m working on something project-ish there about the new bat standards that’s probably going to take another week or so. And I’ll do some more track, softball, etc. now that, again, basketball’s over, spring break is finished and everyone is around.

  19. per Peegs. Jamari Taylor at IU visiting RIGHT NOW. Article says looks to be Jayhawk, IU battle….hmmmm

  20. What is lively is PUke even letting their man even get to the point of listening about a job interview. It most likely is a leveraged bluff but maybe there are circumstances we do not know about. Painter may be the only one who knows for sure. With Cuonzo no longer an available optional and Lutz probably not yet ready for a
    B10 gig why would PUke allow it to go this far? It really is as strange as it appears.

  21. IU Sig,

    I concur with your comments. I so long for the days of IU-PUke battles when they really meant something. And I generally like it when the state of Indiana is good, and right IU’s part of the load is being carried by Butler. I want IU to carry its own weight.

  22. If you like to be entertained by reading wild, no boundaries posts, just take a look on the rivals gold & black site for a look at how novelists really discover their creative talent. There are actually posters hypothesizing with sincerity that Morgan Burke has purposely created this situation for which to lose Painter so PUke can hire Brad Stevens.

  23. Re Morgan Burke, Painter and Brad Stevens…’deja vu all over again’. The one thing that has haunted me about where we are now is that if TC is not who we (most) hope he is; is that we may be missing an incredible opportunity to bring in as naturally and perfectly positioned a coach as there is. Sort of Thad Matta’s ghost in my worst dream.

    Now that would be reason to go out and find a top of an old, rusty can of chili out of a garbage containerthat has not been picked up for a week and use it to do some serious slicing of ‘whatever’…

  24. Took a week of vacation and coming back to some of these posts makes me feel like I walked through the looking glass.

    O.K., Crean can really recruit, no more debate about that. But can he develope individual talent and get superior athletes to play together to the degree necessary to win the Big Ten title and consistantly get to the Big Dance? That is yet to be determined. But lets at least celebrate the latest IU recruiting success and think positive for a day or two?

    As for Brad Stevens, if he’s going to leave Butler, it’s not likely going to be for a school like Purdue. Purdue has no great winning tradition in basketball. And it appears they are unwilling/unable to pay top dollar for a great coach. Going to Purdue makes no sense for Stevens. If Stevens wants to move, he’d be smart to wait for the BIG, top dollar, strong tradition, high recognition, great facilities college coaching job. He’s young, so he has time tio be selective. Consider that several of the top college BB programs are coached by men getting up there in years. Many will be retiring soon. Stevens is probably already on the short list of candidates to replace some of those coaches. Given his recent success, its fair to assume he’ll be able to pick his spot. If that’s true, why would he choose Purdue? And who knows, maybe Butler will decide to give Stevens the big contract and lock him in for years to come.

  25. How true. When Gene Keady is your greatest coach ever that’s pretty sad. They are the school that passed over John Wooden.

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